It’s long been the go-to weight loss method for women (and men) wishing to lose a few pounds rapidly. But what are the consequences of trusting regimes like this?
Of course if you read this blog regularly you’ll already know my dim view of ‘diets’ in general, especially ones such as this which come with unpleasant side-effects and potentially harmful consequences.
The first thing to say here as always is that ‘weight loss’ is never a healthy perspective to come from. It implies that it doesn’t matter what you’re losing, as long as the number on the scales decreases. Therefore in an extreme example losing a limb could be counted as ‘weight loss’ under this umbrella. You’re not focusing on health, nutrition, muscle tone or metabolism, simply the number of the scale, which never gives us an accurate or positive reflection of ourselves mentally or physically.
With liquid-based and starvation diets such as Slim Fast, what you’re losing rapidly is water, not fat. You also lose muscle tone and in fact cling on to fat stores for dear life. That’s what you wanted, right?
Obviously not. In addition, Slim Fast is full of sugar and chemical nasties which are far from good for you.
Losing weight using any method like this is really damaging for your body and overall health. What’s more, it can cause irreparable damage to your metabolism and other important bodily functions and systems such as digestion.
My advice: just don’t do it! You will see good results simply by eating fresh, healthy wholefoods in a nutritionally balanced diet.
I know it’s easy to be pulled in and tempted by a quick fix. But the phrase ‘too good to be true’ was never more relevant then when it comes to commercial diets. The best way really is eating healthy and keeping active – that’s all there is to it. There’s more hard work involved, and it might take longer, but in the long run what’s more appealing?