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While it is suggested that you try to maintain a healthy weight, quick fix approaches can be detrimental to your health. A lot of people are lured by fad diets but they are usually not and healthy. A general rule of thumb is that if a diet sounds too good to be true, you should steer clear of it. Sometimes people get so obsessed with weight loss that they potentially do harmful things that can compromise their health. Avoid the following strategies while you are on a quest to lose weight:

1- Starvation And Low-Calorie Diets:

You might lose weight by severely cutting down on calories, but you may end up losing muscle too. Low-calorie diets can also slow down your metabolism. Severe calories restriction may also result in a higher percentage of body fat that can make you more susceptible to type 3 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Do not restrict yourself to 1,200 calories a day unless medically supervised. Otherwise, your body will not get enough nutrients to perform at an optimum level. The weight that is lost quickly often comes back with more fat and muscle.

2- Detox Plans:

Cleanses make you lose water and stool weight. They can be potentially dangerous and result in electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. It can be risky to lose a lot of fluids and gets even riskier when it is combined with fasting. Your body is naturally programmed to detoxify and eliminate toxins. Going on extreme cleanses can seriously mess up with your body’s system and lead to complications. Try to be more mindful of your everyday diet instead of detoxifying. Drink a lot of water and eat fiber-rich food to cleanse your body.

3- Supplements:

Unlike prescription drugs, supplements are not always tested for the safety and efficacy. Weight loss pills can sometimes be dangerous and pose harmful side effects such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate, diarrhea, liver damage, kidney problems, and sleeplessness. Always consult a healthcare professional before ingesting any weight loss supplement.

4- Purging:

Purging is an eating disorder which includes self-induced vomiting, spitting out food after chewing it, and misusing laxatives. These are all unhealthy and unsafe behaviors and may lead to an excess fluid loss that causes severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

Ill-guided efforts made to cut down the bulge often have serious health consequences. In order to achieve lasting weight loss, you should change your lifestyle instead of trying fad diets and harmful weight loss strategies as they are neither sustainable nor safe.

If you want to embark on a diet, consult your dietitian first. You can find and book an appointment with top Nutritionist in Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi through You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.