Do You Follow Unhealthy Ways to Lose Weight

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Girl desperately dying to lose weight and following unhealthy ways to get thin.

Are you aware that among many diet plans or other methods, many are actually unhealthy ways to lose weight? Do you know if the approach you adopt is the healthy way? How can you make out the unhealthy ways to lose weight from the healthy ones?

Before you choose the preferred way to lose weight, ask yourself – do I really need to lose weight in the first place?

If you think you need to lose weight – then read on. If not, then too there’s no harm learning about losing weight – isn’t it?

I was shocked to know the negative aspects during my research, about the ways to lose weight that I thought were alright. I hope you do not follow these unhealthy ways to lose weight.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn

Why Do We Need to Lose Weight

Interesting question – isn’t it? With life becoming so fast-paced and hectic nowadays, and with most of us leading a sedentary lifestyle, we are faced with the problem of weight gain.

If we do not control the weight that our body gains, we run the risk of harboring many diseases.

This warning is not only for the obese, but even those who lie on the borderline of the normal health index and are at high risk of falling in the obese group.

Those who have an ideal weight and are physically fit also need to follow a healthy lifestyle to maintain their weight and health.

We especially need to lose weight if we have medical conditions like osteoarthritis, diabetes, or cardiovascular diseases.

Did you know that for every pound of weight gain, your body exerts an added pressure of four pounds on your knees? This could either wreck your knees or cause difficulty in walking.

This shouldn’t scare you because if you follow the right ways to lose weight, you must be able to maintain your ideal body weight.

However, some people become so obsessed and crazy about shedding weight that they go to any extreme to lessen their body weight. This is bad and can cause more harm than good to you.

“Those who have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~ Edward Stanley

Some Unhealthy Ways to Lose Weight

While finding the healthy ways to lose weight, I came across these unhealthy ways to loose weight and was rather amazed to see the extent to which people go to achieve their objective.

1- Starving by Skipping Meals

To be honest with you, once upon a time I have also tried doing this to lose weight, which I now know isn’t healthy!

There is a major difference between fasting and starving. When you fast it cleanses and detoxifies the body. Moreover, a controlled fast normally lasts for a specific period after which we start eating normal food once again.

Starvation on the other hand means restriction of food for a longer time period. Your body doesn’t get the required calories or nutrients to function well. And you lose weight from all parts of your body, which also includes, fat, muscle, water, and even bone.

When you starve yourself or skip meals with the hope that you will lose weight, you are just pacifying yourself because that never happens. The lost weight springs right back sooner than you can imagine!

Once you eat your meals the metabolism increases, and if you skip meals often, your metabolism slows down that may lead to weight gain.

When you try losing weight by following sever calorie restrictions, starvation, or anorexia, you follow unhealthy and dangerous ways to lose weight.

This can affect you adversely and often leads to the inability to concentrate, fatigue, light-headedness, and often fainting.

If carried on it can lead to loss of muscle mass, hair loss, dry skin, brittle nails, or other problems. Thus, long-term dangers of following this way of losing weight can be life threatening at times.

Also, those who follow this unhealthy way of losing weight usually regain the weight, which often turns out to be more when they started off once they start their normal eating habits.

2- Dieting without Consideration

Perhaps you all may have tried dieting some time or the other or following some diet plan to lose weight. But doesn’t the weight come back after you stop following that diet?

I did try it once by following a diet plan for a week. I sure did lose a few kilos, but it came right back! I didn’t let it get past more than what it was earlier, but realized that such things never work.

There are so many fad diets like Atkins diet, Hoodia diet, Zone diet, which people follow without consultation.

Sometimes people get fed up of one diet and switch to another without completing one, so they never get to know if it really works or not.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), any kind of fad or crash diets for losing weight rapidly is not good. You tend to regain the weight when you stop the diet.

Such diets, according to AHA cause gastrointestinal problems, damage your health, and can lead to malnutrition, especially those that lay stress on eating a particular kind of food and eliminate others.

Let’s face it; our body needs a good balance of fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and all the essential minerals. In-fact, our body needs healthy fats, which actually help you burn fat.

However, some people love to follow the no-calorie or zero-calorie diets where they even consume artificial sweeteners just to lose weight. In-fact low-fat foods can increase the risk of heart diseases as mentioned in this article.

Also, you gain weight if you consume diet drinks because your body stores fat and reacts to sweetness just as it would if you had something sweet.

3- Consuming Drugs and Pills without Consultation

Even though we know there are no magic pills for losing weight, yet we take them.

Drugs like cocaine, crack, and methamphetamines (speed) are mostly used to lose weight quickly, which if taken long-term can damage your brain and heart.

Celebrities are often prescribed drugs like Adderall and ADHA Ritalin for weight loss too.

Some supplements help in burning fat, but they must be accompanied with healthy eating and exercise. Moreover, healthy supplements are whole-food based.

Some people use illicit diet drugs that can cause irregular heartbeat, dehydration, and even be a cause of yo-yo diet syndrome.

These diet drugs cause acidity and toxicity in the body. Also, as our brains are affected by such things it can lead to lack of concentration and irritability as well.

The body receives the affects of such drugs only till they are consumed. Often, when such drugs are discontinued, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms and regaining of lost weight.

4- Purging the Food

To purge means to vomit the food from the stomach soon after eating. Sometimes people who eat large amounts of food, as in the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, are known to purge the food from their stomach.

The main concept behind purging is that the person is satisfied by eating the food, but doesn’t absorb the calories, thus will not gain weight.

This method is normally used after eating extremely large meals. However, you lose the essential nutrients from the diet while purging.

Also, the repeated exposure to vomit’s acid can damage the glands in the mouth, your teeth, the stomach and esophagus according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It can lead to serious problems of the esophagus and stomach like tears, ruptures, and ulcers. Though rare, but chronic purging can lead to cancer or esophageal adenocarcinoma.

Those who practice purging are at a risk for pancreatitis, irregular heartbeats, heart failures, and death from bodily chemical imbalances.

5- Blindly using Laxatives

Laxatives are foods, drugs, supplements, or compounds that loosen the stool or induce bowel movement. These come in the form of pills, powders suppositories, liquids and teas.

Laxatives have been used for weight loss for many years with the belief that these prevent the absorption of consumed foods.

By the time the laxative takes effect, the calories of the food consumed have already made it to the bloodstream. It’s only the water weight that takes place from laxatives.

Problems associated with laxatives taken short-term include dehydration and hemorrhoids. The long-term effects of using laxatives are renal failure, intestinal paralysis, pancreatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Other possible effects of losing weight quickly with laxatives include kidney and colon problems, heart failures, a weekend immune system, and muscle pain or spasms.

Simply put, using laxatives continually can cause abdomen problems and weaken your digestive system.

6- Choosing to Smoke

You might think why smoking is also included as one of the unhealthy ways of losing weight. Well, that’s because smoking is a popular way to suppress hunger.

Smoking sends unclear signals to the brain that increases the metabolic rate, thus killing hunger. People who smoke excessively can skip meals and not feel anything.

However, using this way to lose weight damages the body because the body becomes weak and there are more chances of catching infections and even cancer.

7- Straining by Over Exercising

If you are already dieting and are undernourished, then over-exercising is one of the unhealthiest ways of losing weight.

Extensive cardio or doing everything in excess is harmful.  Little bit of strength training and burst training for a few minutes are good enough.

When you work out, you also need to stick to a healthy diet in order to lose weight in a healthy way.

8- Incorrectly using Saunas and Sweat Suits

Weight lost by using sauna or sweat suits is totally water weight. Such suits are mainly used by athletes who want to reduce weight for competitions only.

However, sometimes they can cause dehydration and increase the temperature of your body, especially if it gets out of control.

Some other ways include the use of electronic belts that produce electronic rays that are harmful for your skin. You don’t achieve the desired results, instead the deep penetration of the rays damage your internal organs.

Even tummy tucks or liposuctions are not very healthy ways to lose weight. They reduce weight, though only for some time.

Overall these unhealthy ways of losing weight are not natural, and anything that is unnatural is unhealthy. You can read more about such unhealthy ways to lose weight here.

You can lose weight by making physical effort and creating a mental discipline, but not by spending money on these methods. So, beware of these unhealthy ways to slim down and practice the healthy ways instead.

“A diet is a plan, generally hopeless, for reducing your weight, which tests your will power but does little for your waistline.” ~ Herbert B. Prochnow

How to Overcome These Unhealthy Ways to Lose Weight

Just as I keep saying so often – it’s all in the mind. If you really wish to lose weight then you can, but not by following the above mentioned unhealthy ways. Instead, try the following:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • Include more of fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Limit the intake of fats, sugars, and carbohydrates.
  • Reduce your meal size gradually to the least required.
  • Drink lots of water and say no to fizzy and unhealthy drinks.
  • Exercise daily, pick up some sport, or just walk, as walking has its own benefits. Just 30-40 minutes of brisk walking for five days a week does wonders.
  • Always consult a nutritionist or dietician before beginning any exercise or reducing your intake of food.

“Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise.” ~ Linford Christie

Remember, if you follow unhealthy ways to lose weight, you weaken the body and deplete it of the required and important nutrients.

Losing weight will not happen overnight. It isn’t meant to be a quick process. To lose weight, focus on eating nutritious and healthy food, and remain dedicated with your exercise routine. But don’t overdo it!

Losing weight takes time and patience, lots of hard work, and a strong will. You should aim at maintaining an appropriate weight – not more – not less.

“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” ~ La Rochefoucauld

Over to you

Have you tried any of these ways to lose weight? If so, which ones and what was the experience like. What ways to lose weight would you suggest as the healthy ways? Do you agree or not with any of the unhealthy ways to lose weight as mentioned above? Share in the comments below.



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  1. Peter

    July 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I totally agree with everything you mentioned in this post. After all, those are counter-productive ways to lose weight with sometimes suspect results. The best way is to lose it gradually by consuming less calories or burning more than usual or a combination of both.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Welcome to the blog Peter!

      That’s true. There are many ways to reduce weight that are uneffective or rarely work and we fail to understand that because they are so prevalent. Its a very logical and resonable way to lose weight by keeping the food intake calories less than the energy output, or increasing the later to exceed. A very simple concept actually, but certainly not so easy to implement for many people. But yes, when and if you want to lose weight, you have to do so gradually.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  2. Lisa

    July 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    It’s really a lifestyle change to lose weight. Any of the fast gimmicks usually only are short term and may not be healthy for you. I’ve done the starving one for a week but after that got right back to where I was. I had lost weight once by jogging and cutting down on snacks. It worked for a few years. Sometimes your job or significant other can get in the way of making lifestyle changes. Not sure how to overcome those.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 20, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      Absolutely Lisa!

      Losing weight should be gradual and slow. It should happen naturally without us having to follow any of these unhealthy ways of losing weight. Anything that quickens up things isn’t natural and will have adverse affects sooner of later.

      Ah…so you too were like Hajra and me, but the weight did come right back – so we are living proof of that. 🙂

      Oh yes! Controlling your intake of oily and fat-foods, accompanied with walks, exercises, and jogging if you are able to do – are just enough to lose weight.But then if we don’t keep doing these on a regular basis, the weight does come back again though that happens slowly, unlike when you follow the unhealthy ways where you gain weight instantly.

      Yes indeed, with life so busy nowadays, getting away or making a routine to exercise and following a healthy lifestyle is tough. But if you really want to lose weight and maintain it, you have to do it at least 5 times a week if not daily. Just like my dad always says – “If you can find time to brush your teeth and have your meals, you can schedule one hour daily for yourself too.” He is one person who keeps pushing me to carry on with mine, though there are days at a stretch when I also get caught up with work and don’t really follow any routine, which starts showing by the weight I start putting on thereafter.

      There are no substitutes I guess and no excuses too 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. Nice to have you over.:)

  3. Hajra

    July 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    When I was in college, I was on an unhealthy diet pattern. I wanted to lose weight desperately and I did try a lot of unhealthy ways of doing that. I stopped eating regularly, started starving myself to extreme limits and even exercised to the point of exhaustion.

    I lost weight, but I lost a lot else along the way. I had terrible hemoglobin levels, I used to faint regularly, suffered terrible hair fall and my skin became very dry somehow. I had lost about 12 kilos in two months and it was the worst thing I could have done to myself. I regret following an unhealthy lifestyle that way. But yes, I am glad I progressed out of it and though I am heavy now, I use healthy ways to shed off the extra weight. I eat a balanced diet, at least I try to and I exercise with a trainer. So, I know my limits and the needs of my body.

    There are a lot of factors that go behind a healthy lifestyle and a good mental framework is just as important. One needs to find that balance because not only does one lose weight but using extreme methods, one might have a lot to lose in the long run.

    Thanks for bringing out such a valuable topic!

    • Harleena Singh

      July 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post Hajra!

      Ah…you sound just like most of us who try so many different things in our younger days – I tried that too! I guess we really don’t realize what is healthy or the unhealthy ways to lose weight when we are younger and mostly follow or do what we see people doing – isn’t it? Yes, sometimes these unhealthy ways of losing weight do show good result, but they never last and often cause damage if practiced for long.

      Oh dear! It seemed you did take it to the extreme level where it started affecting your health, which you must have realized only after you followed these ways for a long time. I think initially it all looks nice and you feel good that you are losing weight, but the real affects start showing later, as in your case.

      I’m glad you are now using healthy ways of losing weight, which is what we need to do. I think any form of exercise done for 45 minutes to one hour, along with a well-balanced diet – tones and keeps your body from putting on weight. If one’s on the heavy side, I think eating more of fruits and vegetables in your diet and lessening on the oil, fat, and other things helps additionally.

      Yes indeed, you do need a positive mindset and a will if you want to lose weight the right way, besides leading a healthy lifestyle. And everything does work out if you are really determined and follow a daily routine of exercising and maintaining your weight.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with everyone. Always nice to have to have you over. 🙂

  4. Praveen Rajarao

    July 21, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Harleena – Some of these methods are hilarious and I had a good laugh thinking about especially the “purging”. I had heard of this before, but it always is funny 🙂

    I havent had much to worry about losing my weight, I do need to concentrate on being healthy and fit to fight the days to come, but I think eating is a gift and I take complete advantage of it 🙂

    I am sure you have read this post of mine – , but this is something to think about when planning for a good vegetarian diet for us Indians. What do you say?

    I am sure this post is gonna go viral….good luck answering all the comments.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Glad you could resonate with the post Praveen!

      Yes indeed, some of these unhealthy ways to lose weight are truly amazing and just shows the extent to which people can go- isn’t it? And it’s good if they made you laugh. 🙂

      You are indeed lucky if you don’t have weight issues, though yes, you can never say about the future! And it’s always good to keep yourself healthy and fit by taking care of the lifestyle you lead and the food you eat. A little bit is only actually required for us to do that helps maintain our weight.

      Oh yes! I did read that post of yours and those were good Indian recipes and I commented on that post too I think. Indian diet is still well-balanced to quite an extent, provided you don’t overdo with the sweets and fried stuffs.

      Hope people like and learn from the post, and become aware of such unhealthy ways. That’s the main aim. And yes, the comments are wonderful indeed – they always do add more value to the post.

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to have you over. 🙂

      • Praveen Rajarao

        July 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        Yes, I did see your comment on the post. I am glad you read most of my articles Harleena. Most of the posts these days are from guest writers since I am tied up with other work. I need to get back into routine soon. Thanks for replying.

        • Harleena Singh

          August 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

          I do read most of your posts, but now as there are so-so many that come up daily, it becomes tough for me to keep the pace! I can understand the importance of guest writers and how they can relive you to do your other tasks, something I need to get started with really soon too. 🙂

          Thanks 🙂

  5. Janice

    July 21, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Your list is part of the reason I am so into weightwatchers… I have gained extra weight slowly over time through bad habits, need to replace them with good habits and a routine of making better decisions. It has really been working for me and I feel better every day!

    • Harleena Singh

      July 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Welcome to the blog Janice – nice to have you over!

      I can well understand about weight gain that does trouble most of us. I guess it slowly adds up due to our bad habits and the lifestyle we follow. It happens with me too when I just let go of the routine I normally follow, which results in putting on weight really quick.

      It does take a little bit of determination and will power to chalk out a daily exercise schedule and stick to a healthy, well-balanced diet, but isn’t it worth it? Even if we really don’t lose weight fast enough, we are toning our muscles and living healthy internally, though weight loss does take place also with time.

      We surely do feel better on the day we follow our schedule, besides feeling lighter and rejuvenated. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. Jodi Heal Now and Forever

    July 21, 2012 at 3:53 am

    It is a process of loving the body. This always must come first. If we hate the body and lose weight to try to like it, we can never sustain anything.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 21, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Absolutely Jodi!

      Following healthy ways of losing weight and maintaining it by leading a healthy lifestyle is what shows that we love our body, which is what we need to do foremost. However, it really becomes tough for some people with the stressed out life and lifestyles they follow. This leads to some people choosing a quicker way to lose weight by taking up these unhealthy ways, only to realize their mistake later.

      I guess what matters most is that we strike a balance between maintaining a healthy weight and managing the time we have in hand, by taking out some time for ourselves on a daily basis – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  7. Corinne Rodrigues

    July 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    First of all my apologies for not having read your last few posts. I’m catching up today and feeling bad that I missed them.
    This post is so relevant and useful. I’ve know people to go in for easy, quick-fix solutions to weight loss. I’m still fighting obesity having given in to bad food habits that started because of poor working hours and continued for a bit. But now I eat healthy for the most part. I’ve also realized the value of walking – not just for the body but also for the mind – I just need to do more of it. In the past I gave up on exercise too easily – now I’m getting much better at it.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Not a problem at all Corinne!

      I think most people do try the easy way to reduce weight, and that includes me too! I guess when we hear or read about how people do manage to lose weight the easy way, we don’t really give a deeper thought and just prefer to follow suite.

      I can well relate to the weight gain that occurs when we don’t follow healthy eating habits, which happens with me at times also. Whenever I slacken in the routine or schedule that I normally follow, the weight just comes right back. Yes indeed, eating right and coupled with light exercise helps maintain the weight to it’s optimal limit. Walking is indeed good for the heart as well, and I do get most of my post ideas when I walk. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. Nice to have you over. 🙂

  8. Anne

    July 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    As they say, Leena, ‘I wrote the book’. I’ve actually just signed a new contract to publish my healthy eating programme I’ve researched and developed. It will help people every where to lose weight without dieting. It promotes and teaches a lifestyle and teaches it from scratch.

    As you said, there’s such a thing as unhealthy dieting. I think most dieting is because they’re not sustainable. And as soon as you stop, your body rages for the fat it’s been missing and you gain more weight than you’ve lost.

    Great article. You’ve given some excellent tips.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 22, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Glad you could resonate with the post Anne!

      That sure is wonderful and something people will value because we actually don’t need to follow unhealthy ways to lose weight when we can achieve better results by following healthy ways.

      Dieting never works and as soon as you finish your diet or whatever method you adopt for losing weight quickly, the weight comes right back and often times it tends to become more than what it was earlier. I guess leading a healthy lifestyle accompanied with light exercises helps a great deal.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  9. Sylviane Nuccio

    July 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Wow, lots to say here. At one point I had a health and wellness blog and I was writing about all the mistake that I see people making with food, especially here in the US.

    I see people skipping meals to make up for the mistakes they make, I see people eating processed food every day… I see people having NO clue what so ever about what’s good for them.

    I agree 100% with you that some diets are totally not healthy and I believe right down dangerous. I think that people in America just don’t know how to eat except for very few, and the whole country need some serious education to be able to recognize what’s “live” food and “dead” food, what helps your body function better and what’s ultimately killing you.

    Thanks for bringing up such awareness, Harleena 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Sylviane!

      Wow! I didn’t know you even had a health and wellness blog earlier! You surely do cover up a lot of niches through your blogs, which makes me wonder as to how you find the time to manage all of them. 🙂

      Yes indeed, I really didn’t want to mention it in the post but the U.S. is the worst affected where bad food eating habits is concerned. The highest obesity cases are seen there it seems as per research, which I think is due to many reasons again, just like the ones you mentioned. The ready availability of processed food, skipping meals to reduce or following fad diets, leading a sedentary lifestyle are just to mention a few.

      I feel there’s a lack of awareness on the subject, and often times people will just want to do or follow what others are doing, without really realizing what’s good for them. Hope the post helps someone is some ways. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post. 🙂

  10. Adrienne

    July 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    Boy, I could tell the tales of what I’ve done throughout my life to lose weight. I was always about 30 pounds overweight growing up and didn’t actually lose the extra weight until in my mid to late 20’s.

    I’ve kept it off throughout all these years by just choosing a healthier lifestyle although I don’t each as many of the right foods as I should. To me it’s all about the choices we make.

    Losing weight is never fun but the end results are so worth it. I know for a fact that you can still eat anything you want as long as you watch what you eat.

    Great post though and I totally agree with everything you’ve shared here. This should be everyone’s bible when it comes to what they should be doing, the right way!

    Great share and hope you enjoy your week.


    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Glad you could resonate with the post Adrienne!

      Ah…you seem to have already gone through everything that we talked in this post. 🙂

      I too had a problem of being overweight, and have in-fact been more on the healthy side all through my younger years as well. But yes, as soon as we become aware and read more about the adverse effects of being overweight, it makes sense to do something about it and keep yourself away from health issues that can arise as a result of it – isn’t it?

      You are absolutely right about the choices we make. If we choose to eat the wrong kind of food and lead a sedentary lifestyle, then we shouldn’t expect to remain fit and healthy. But if we choose otherwise and start taking care of things, we do see the changes that show up in our weight and lifestyle.

      We have to be very-very careful about what we eat. And even if we do eat the wrong kind of food occasionally, what matters most is that you burn it off soon enough and not really let it pile or add up. Losing weight does take time and effort, while maintaining the weight is still more tedious. But yes, once you make it a habit, everything falls into place effortlessly.

      I do hope people who follow such unhealthy ways to lose weight find some lessons to take back home. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with everyone. It’s always nice to have you over. 🙂

  11. Debbie

    July 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    These are some great points you bring out Harleena about losing weight. I don’t have a weight problem (knock on wood) but my hubby does.

    One thing that i have found with him he always says, I have always had a weight problem. I tell him ” you think and say what you are.” If you think you have a problem your body is going to make sure that you do.

    Like you say watching what you eat and how much you eat with the right exercise makes a world of difference,. And have the right attitude!

    Also with hubby i have went to using smaller plate when we eat. This way he has a smaller amount, but it does not appear that way.

    i do believe that the weight problem can start when we are children. Our parents do teach us our eating habits. to me you eat until you are not hungry any more, not until you are FULL!

    Thanks again and blessings to you,

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Debbie!

      You are indeed one of the lucky ones to not have any weight problems. 🙂

      Ah…those surely are words of wisdom that you tell your husband, which are so very true. If we feel and think negative that’s what we really become. But thinking of the positive and making up your mind to do something, makes a world of a difference to your attitude – isn’t it?

      Yes indeed, if we are careful of what we eat, follow a healthy lifestyle, exercise, and generally lead a stress free life, there’s no question that we will put on weight. However, that is easier said than done for some people. 🙂

      I liked the idea of using a smaller plate so that what he eats smaller portions. Another thing that works is that you start cutting down 10% of the food you plan eating daily, though do so gradually. Once you do this, the stomach size also reduces and gets used to demanding lesser food.

      Oh yes! Everything does start from our childhood, though at our times only few parents were really aware of the good or the bad kind of food to offer to their kids. Speaking of myself, my parents never stopped me from eating anything with the belief that you are still growing and need all the food and energy – so eat…which resulted in me putting on weight that becomes tough to shed, till you make sincere efforts. I’m glad am through with all that now. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to have you over. 🙂

  12. Raja

    July 24, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Losing weight is less of a pain than going through the “studies” and “research” on the subject. Nothing can be more confusing than those studies and research. Most of them say, “if you do abc, you will lose weight, but some sudies have also shown that people doing abc are gaining more weight than average”!!!

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Welcome to the blog Raja!

      Yes indeed, losing weight is easier said than done! And yes, what we read in the research or studies conducted works for some, while for others it’s mostly what suits each one and how much of it can they really follow.

      There is surely no rule that fits everyone. What works for one may not work for the other, in-fact it rarely does. This is because our bodies are different and so are our eating habits, routines, and so may other things. Guess we just need to try what works well for us and follow that, after all the end result is that we need to follow healthy ways to lose weight and not such unhealthy ones – isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  13. Galen Pearl

    July 24, 2012 at 1:45 am

    At one time in my life, I lost so much weight due to stress that my doctor put me on a strict diet…to gain weight! Now that’s a switch. I had to be just as mindful about my eating habits as those who seek to lose weight. It was life changing to have so much of my attention during the day on food, something I otherwise didn’t think so much about. Great post to help all of us be more mindful of healthy eating habits that become part of the fabric of our lives.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Glad you could relate to the post Galen!

      Ah…it worked the other way for you! But yes, I’ve also heard so many people lose weight because of stress, while others gain weight for the same reason as well. I guess it depends a lot from person to person. My husband losses weight when he is stressed, while I gain it. 🙂

      It becomes tough for those who need to gain the weight back as they also have to eat more than required, which isn’t something easy for them either. Similarly, those trying to lose weight also have to undergo a great deal till it becomes a habit with them.

      Thanks for stopping by. Always nice to have you over. 🙂

  14. Chadrack

    July 24, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    First, let me quickly say, no I have never used any form of these to lose weight. Why? Simply because I don’t need them! Well, by nature I’m just ok and will never border with any of these.

    However, going through you post just gives me the idea of what many people are going through in the name of losing weight. Just think of the idea of purging the food. What kind of weight loss expert recommended such a thing? It’s unimaginable.

    I think this post needs to be featured in all the health and nutrition sites so that more and more people should read it. With this kind of knowledge many will be saved the pain of going through unhealthy practices like these.

    Thanks for this insightful post.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Glad that you could resonate with the post Chadrack, and it sure is nice to see you!

      You are another lucky person who has no weight hassles, so never really had to go through such unhealthy ways to lose weight. 🙂

      Yes indeed, out of the list, I also think purging is the most amazing thing. I don’t think any weight loss expert must have recommended it. It might have been someone who tried it at home and like they say, things just become viral and word spreads- which just makes people blindly follow.

      Thanks for those kind words Chadrack. When I read about such unhealthy ways that people follow to lose weight, I did think to put up a post about it to make everyone aware. I do hope it helps someone somewhere and those who are following such ways, should switch to the healthier ways to lose weight instead.

      Thanks for stopping by. It’s always nice to have you over. 🙂

  15. Hiten

    July 25, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I could really sense your passion about this area and your desire to educate people, on the dangerous pitfalls of dieting using inappropriate methods.

    You did brilliantly.

    Although, I’ve never been on diets as I’m fairly slim, I try to ensure I get an ample amount of exercise. I’m aware that being slim doesn’t in itself equate to being healthy.

    The key thing I learnt from your post is that proper diets do not mean stopping eating of food. If anything, one continues to eat the right foods properly.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Glad you could relate to the post Hiten!

      I do try to make people aware and help them in the best possible ways, more so when I read about things like such unhealthy ways to lose weight that so many people follow. I guess most of them don’t really know the harm they are causing their bodies and realize it only too late.

      You surely don’t need to diet or loose weight as you do look slim and are lucky indeed! But then your secret lies in exercising and perhaps eating a well-balanced diet.

      Yes indeed, we just need to know what are the right kind of foods we should eat, exercise to maintain or lose the weight if required, lead a healthy lifestyle and learn to be stress free and happy!

      Thanks for stopping by and adding more value to the post. 🙂

  16. Danijela

    July 25, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Hi, Harleena,

    I am very glad that someone decided to point out the bad sides of diets and all other unhealthy weight loss choices. Well balanced meals and little exercise is all that we really need. Great article.

    • Harleena Singh

      July 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Welcome to the blog Danijela – nice to have you over!

      I did want to share all that I had learned and read with my readers about the unhealthy ways to lose weight that some people follow. I guess when we talk more about such things, it makes people aware and those who are following such ways of losing weight would switch over to healthier options.

      Yes indeed, we just need to follow a healthy lifestyle by eating the right kind of food and exercise too. That surely does the trick!

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  17. CarolB

    July 26, 2012 at 5:36 am

    HI Harleena,

    Thanks for sharing – dieting – the bane of my existence! Can’t say I’ve ever really been successful at it so now I don’t do it. I try my best to eat healthy, and exercise. I didn’t have a weight issue until after my kids. Then when I tried to lose the extra weight by dieting, I failed each time. So I had to learn how to eat better and begin exercising again.

    Can’t say I’ve lost much weight, but I can say that I finally eat better most days – sometimes I just can’t resist that junky snack and with two voraciously hungry boys always eating (and staying slim I might add) – and I am feeling way better. Even working on running 3 miles 3-4 times a week. Got to have the energy and stamina to keep up with these kids!

    One strategy I try to stick with is buying the boys snacks that I don’t like. Then I’m not eating with them! Hmm – I wonder what snack those boys are getting into right now?

    • Harleena Singh

      July 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Carol!

      Most of us seem to have tried to diet sometime or the other, being troubled by the weight issues. And eating a well-balanced diet, accompanied with exercise is what really does the trick, though not everyone can follow it as a routine nor make it a daily habit.

      Yes indeed, most women start gaining weight once they have kids. I guess they must be finishing up all the baby food when their little ones don’t finish it I used to do that for sometime, till I realized it was just adding up to my weight!

      Oh yes! The junk food and snacking kids nowadays enjoy, somehow never shows on them. I guess because they are still growing, though research indicates that sooner or later it would show up once they become adults. So, I guess we all need to be careful where our eating habits are concerned.

      And yes, most parents can’t resist the temptation to take a quick bite, especially when their kids are having their snacks, though not realizing the harm it does to them. But I guess it’s just too tempting at times! Ah..that’s a good idea to buy the kids snacks that you don’t like so that you don’t eat them. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with everyone. 🙂

  18. Linda

    July 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I’ve struggled all my life with weight. I tried pills and everything else you can think of (not the vomiting or anything like that)

    I do smoke, but heck that don’t keep the weight off, but when you decide to quit man it does bring on the pounds. Been there done that, but still smoking as I wasn’t trying to lose weight, was just trying to quit and well, it didn’t work. Will try again some other time when there is no stress in my life 🙂

    Eating healthy is not always easy as it may seem, as the cost of food has skyrocketed, but I am working on something to help train us all how to do just that and I was wondering if you would be willing to help – email me at this address, please 🙂

    But, definitely changing your habits can lead to success, which is so hard for most including myself.

    What a great post, Harleena!

    • Harleena Singh

      July 27, 2012 at 8:36 am

      Glad you could relate to the post Linda!

      I can well understand all that you have undergone to lose weight, which surely isn’t easy!

      Smoking might keep the hunger at bay for a while, but other than that the weight does return once you are back eating your food, just as you mentioned. I guess the key remains to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced meal and exercising.

      You raised a great question about the cost of food, and yes, that sometimes becomes an issue with most people. But I think, from the things we can afford also we can manage to choose what best does good to us, instead of really following what health sites recommend. We always do have choices – isn’t it?

      It also helps to just reduce the quantity of food intake by a little percent, just as I mentioned in an earlier comment, because that helps reduce the stomach size. Thus, you feel less hungry because your stomach is satisfied with little.

      Nice to know about your new project, and I shall surely be emailing you if I can be of any help. Yes, losing weight isn’t easy at all, and is something I also struggle with. But after having started to lead a healthier lifestyle, I know it is doing me good.

      Thanks for stopping by and nice to see you back again. 🙂

  19. Janine

    July 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Ah let me tell you the ways.

    From when I was a teenager I used to skip meals which progressed into starving myself. This was due to bullying. Note: looking back on photos of myself I was a stick.

    It was a vicious circle as I used to faint or suffer from dizzy spells. In my twenties I developed bad gut pains from foods, so this again led me to skip meals / not eat. Throughout my twenties and early thirties I then over-exercised by becoming a bit a a gym junky. If I did not go to the gym, I would feel really guilty, and then have to exercise really hard. I then quit the gym and ate what I want, but ended up in a job where I couldn’t take lunch breaks, which lead to skipping meals, just eating what I could, etc etc.

    Through most of this I wasn’t actually overweight. Through most of it I was actually really skinny – and I know that now. Towards the end, I’d put on weight and it was going on very easily, and no longer coming off. I refused to starve myself again, but not even exercise or watching what I ate was helping. Unfortunately I’d also developed eczema on my face, extreme fatigue, bad circulation, vicious night sweats, brittle hair, and so on. I’d been to doctors and specialists over the years and they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. That’s when I went to a naturopath and had allergy tests and found out I have numerous food allergies, and had – to put it bluntly – stuffed up my body, including most of my organs and thyroid, from years of abuse.

    I started an allergy ‘eating plan’ (I hate calling it a diet) in December 2011.’ve now lost 11 kilos, don’t suffer from stomach pain and hardly any bloating, have more energy, my eczema has pretty much cleared, hair is healthier, circulation is great, and so on. I still suffer from night sweats, but that is one of the last things left that we are dealing with. The things we have traced all the issues down to are: starving myself / not eating right over the years, years of extreme stress (in various forms), and toxicity.

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When I started skipping meals I never thought I’d be feeling the effects so many years later.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Sorry for replying so late Janine- a few comments just slipped by I guess!

      Ah…so you have already experienced most of the things mentioned in the post about the unhealthy of losing weight. I guess when we are in our teens a lot of us come under the influence of friends or tend to get bullied into doing things we really don’t want to do.

      I can well imagine how it must be feeling to not have any food and starve to such a state where you begin feeling faint or dizzy! I knew of a friend of mine in college who was doing the same thing, even though she was perfectly fit enough. Guess she wanted to become thinner than she already was.
      You certainly underwent a great deal trying to lose weight through various ways in your twenties and thirties, even though you were slim enough. And later too, till you found out that the real reason for the years of abuse – must’ve been terrible!

      I am glad that now you are over all that you underwent and things are working well for you as well. But you surely shared the real unhealthy ways to lose weight that some of us might be following.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your personal story with all of us. It’s surely an eye opener and lesson to learn. 🙂

  20. Nikky44

    July 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I tried them ALL except the cigarettes and the drugs. Everything else i tried and still trying. I am obese and have lost hope of losing weight 🙁

    • Harleena Singh

      July 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      So, you have also tried all the methods like a few others Nikky!

      I don’t think these methods should be tried because you can see the side effects they have on our body and system. Perhaps you can try out to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating a well-balanced diet, and taking out 30-40 minutes for exercising or even walking. And yes, try leading a stress-free life is you can. I know it’s not easy, but if we want to lose weight then we need to try out the healthy ways to lose weight.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  21. Jens P. Berget

    August 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I do follow unhealthy ways to lose weight 🙂

    Well, I am running and walking a lot, so I do exercise, but I keep eating pizza and I love potato chips and Coca Cola Zero. So, what I do is mostly exercise more, but I don’t stop the eating. So, instead of just eating healthy and becoming fit, I keep exercising and eating. A bad habit, I admit that 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Sorry for late reply Jens!

      Lol…I love your unhealthy way of losing weight 🙂

      I guess nowadays it becomes tough to control ourselves, especially if you have kids at home who are forever munching on chips and pizzas and gulping down loads of cokes! Then, even if you do run and exercise, it has little affect on our body, or it just about neutralizes things – isn’t it?

      I like that…keep exercising and eating. That is the way, though eating right is what we also need to concentrate on. More so because our kids will follow what we do, so one needs to take care.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experiences with everyone. 🙂

  22. Amandah

    September 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Great post!

    I’m reading a book by Peter J. D’Adamo (Author), Catherine Whitney (Collaborator) called “Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight.” It’s an interesting read. According to Mr. D’Adamo and Ms. Whitney, a vegetarian diet is best for my blood type.

    Ironically, I became a vegetarian in July 2010. I started taking a multi-vitamin again and feel much better. It’s amazing how a vitamin deficiency can cause anxiousness, fatigue, nervousness, and other issues. I’ve been educating myself about vitamins, especially B-vitamins. 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Sorry for replying late Amandah – I guess I slipped on some comments!

      Glad you are enjoying your book, and yes, vegetarian diet is nowadays supposed to be the healthiest. I am glad I am a pure vegetarian too. 🙂

      Oh yes! When you turn vegetarian when initially you were a non-vegetarian, you do need these supplements to cover up for any kind of deficiency as you mentioned. Or unless you ensure that your vegetarian diet is complete and similar to the non-vegetarian one you were having earlier. But yes, some people don’t believe in taking vitamins and prefer to go along without realizing that sooner or later it would start showing on their health.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  23. farouk

    September 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    That’s a good topic harleena.

    Even though I don’t have problems with my weight, many people these days do dangerous things just to lose few pounds.

    Happy you tackled that important topic.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 18, 2012 at 6:39 am

      I’m glad you like the topic Farouk!

      Oh yes, some people do try anything for fast results, not realizing that it could be detrimental to their health. I too was surprised to know what extents people go to when I researched for this post.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  24. Brankica

    September 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Hey Harleena,

    Great topic to discuss, since most people just decide to starve themselves or over-train. I have a lot of clients who are on the road to lose weight and I never put any of them on any type of the diet. We calculate how many calories they need to eat and cut out only a handful of foods from their menus (like chips and french fries) but they get to eat almost anything they want. Heck, some of them even eat ice cream after workouts 🙂

    The only thing that I would be careful is introducing a lot of fruits in a diet since fruits are full of sugars and cutting out too much carbs, because carbs aren’t the devil and you need them to build muscle.

    But bottom line, even tiny changes like giving up on mayo and one starbucks creamy coffee a week can make a huge difference. Adding some incline walks on a treadmill few times a week and you are on a HEALTHY road to weight loss and healthy life 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Welcome to the blog Brankica – nice to see you here!

      Glad you liked the topic, and I know this is something you would know much better than all of us. 🙂

      Dieting never really works I think, unless you are too obese and really can’t lose weight any other way. But even then, dieting would only be suggested for a limited time period or till you reduce a little to start exercising or walking, which are any day a healthier way to weight loss.

      Yes indeed, reducing the caloric intake from the unhealthy or fatty food we consume during the day is the key. While some people have a tough time not eating things they like or changing their lifestyle, they need to be guided by giving better food options like healthy things to munch or snack on. Chips and french fries are sure killers! Wow! Ice cream too – that’s interesting. 🙂

      Only a few fruits like grapes, bananas, and the extra sweet kind of fruits must be full of sugar, while others are usually recommended, or not? I guess eating them in limited quantity, though daily might be the key. Yes indeed, carbs are needed, though we need to know the right time to consume them I guess – like soon after your workout or for your breakfast, and how you cook them too.

      You’re absolutely right! Every small morsel we put into our mouth should be watched, and eating with your eyes open IS the key. You will be surprised at the amount you can really lose by just cutting down on the sugar intake too – I tried that out. 🙂

      Thanks so much for your insightful comment, and it was wonderful to have you share your wisdom with everyone. 🙂

  25. Steve

    September 30, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Great article !

    Unfortunately most people look for a quick fix when they want to lose weight…but in the end it all comes down to eating whole foods (not processed junk) and exercising regularly.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Welcome to the blog Steve!

      You are absolutely right! People often look for easier and quicker ways to lose weight, and often resort to these unhealthy ways to lose weight, which only harm them. The key is always to eat a well balanced, nutritious diet, and of course, exercise your way to health.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  26. JackW

    October 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Very simple and basic facts highlighted by you .

    Even though I cannot say I have a well balanced diet by I make sure I burn more calories than what I intake and by maintaining this principle I have managed to keep my weight under control. Though including lots of fruits and salads helps 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      February 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Welcome to the blog Jack!

      Sorry to have slipped your comment, though it’s never late – isn’t it? 🙂

      Glad you liked the post. Yes indeed, if we are able to burn more calories than our intake, we will be able to maintain a good weight in most of the cases. However, there are many other things we need to take into consideration too, but yes, as you mentioned, fruits, salads, and raw vegetables help a great deal. Anything other than unhealthy ways to lose weight is alright I guess. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  27. Garen Arnold

    March 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Hey Harlenna,

    You know a lot of fad diets I see floating around the net crack me up. I believe there was one called the grapefruit diet or something to that nature. Seriously, how do they come up with these diets? There is no magic pill, but people want to believe there are.

    I have had weight cuts of 30 pounds in a month or so. Basically, I just gradually declined my calories and did more cardio. However, I do have to admit I was irritable at times. I ate about 40 carbs a day and 200 or so on the weekend. It was brutal.

    Lot’s of people stop eating and don’t realize all they are doing is halting their metabolism. The weight comes back, too. For me, I just limit the calories and make sure I eat a balanced diet while trying to limit carbs. As a safety net use the treadmill and interval training when you eat to much 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      March 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Welcome to the blog Garen!

      Yes indeed, there are a lot of such diets that are rather confusing as we really don’t know what works and what doesn’t. More so, what works for one might not work for another – so one can’t really be sure and say anything about them. Never heard of the grapefruit diet, though with the large sugar content in it, I’m sure it would be having its adverse effects too, especially for people with diabetes!

      You did the right thing Garen, going slow, which is the key. Actually, when we follow such unhealthy ways to lose weight, we might lose a little initially, but over time we add on what we lose and perhaps a little more than before because we tend to eat up as much in a way to cover up for the time when we restricted ourselves.

      Reducing our caloric intake, accompanied with exercises and cardio is what really works, just as you mentioned, and you can never really go wrong there. But yes, do so without being too hard on yourself, or you have bad side-effects too. Having a little of everything, or having it in moderation is what works best.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  28. Krisca Te

    April 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I personally think that in order for one to start a fitter and healthier lifestyle, one can start by drinking lots of water and making it a habit. Water not only cleanses the body and helps get rid of toxins but it also suppresses the urge to mindless eating.

    • Harleena Singh

      April 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Krisca,

      Yes indeed, following unhealthy ways to lose weight is very easy, though following the healthy ones often take effort if you aren’t used to it. Intake of water is very important, as it helps us to lose weight too. Like you mentioned, if you make it a daily habit – you begin to enjoy the routine, and it does clean the body of all toxins too.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  29. Stacey

    April 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Great article! I’ve seen first hand how bad fad diets are. Many of my family members (and myself) have struggled with weight loss over the years, some of them taking to fad diets. Yes, they lose a couple of pounds but in the end they always gained it back! They just don’t work. Long ago, I changed my way of eating and made it a lifestyle and have never regained any of the weight! One thing I do religiously is drink at least one of my eight glasses of water a day with about 1-2 tspns of lemon juice in it. Great for cleansing and it helps keep my belly as flat as I can get it!

    • Harleena Singh

      April 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Stacey,

      You are surely not alone, as trying to lose weight is something all of try doing. But if we follow such unhealthy ways to lose weight, it really gets us sick instead of feeling good about ourselves and lose weight.

      Yes, you lose a few kilos initially, but you land up gaining much more in the long run. I guess you’ve been through it all so know about it. Oh yes…drinking lots of water is a great way of losing weight, and adding lemon to it ensures the Vitamin goodness goes in too.

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  30. Morten Olesen

    April 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Nice article about the crazy ways some people try to lose weight or people trying to sell diet products. Laxatives for losing weight for instance? Totally insane!

    • Harleena Singh

      April 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Welcome to the blog Morten!

      Glad you liked the post about how people adopt some unhealthy ways to lose weight. Oh yes…some even go to the extent of using laxatives to lose weight. I wish they didn’t, but we can never stop people from doing what they feel is the right way 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  31. Matthew Denos

    April 26, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I am glad you distinguished between fasting and starving. Fasting, especially intermittent fasting (fasting for about 24 hours once a week), has been shown to be very beneficial. The theory that explains this is that during fasting our cells receive much less stress and as a result they have the opportunity to recover and enhance their ability to cope with stress.

    I find it hard to believe that there are people who choose laxatives and vomiting as their “smart” choice to lose weight. Good article.

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