Starvation diets are both ineffective and unhealthy. Too often, people turn to these “extreme” diets out of desperation, looking to burn weight quickly after finding that other methods have failed them. Unfortunately for these extreme dieters, starvation dieting, which can involve eating as few as 500 calories a day, just doesn’t work.
Recent research conducted by the European Congress on Obesity confirmed what was already a known fact in the medical community, that people who underwent a more typical low-calorie diet (1,250 calories a day) lost as much weight as those who took on an extremely low-calorie diet (500 calories a day) for five weeks, and that their losses were more sustainable.
NYH&W , Medical Director and Weight Loss Specialist at NY Health & Wellness, points out that “extreme dieting and weight loss is not only hard on your cardiovascular system, it also slows your metabolism by forcing your body to burn muscle and to lose water weight instead of fat — preventing the loss from being sustainable.
“You don’t need to take extreme measures to lose weight,” he says, “It’s all about hormones, particularly leptin. To effectively lose weight in a healthy manner and keep it off you MUST balance your leptin—the often ‘forgotten’ weight loss hormone.” Leptin is a hormone that our fat cells create to indicate fullness. It signals our brains to stop eating when we have enough energy stored in our fat cells to meet our needs. Leptin elevates as we are eating and our fat cells tell our brain that we feel satiated enough to stop. If, though, we restrict calories to the point where we lose weight and fat too quickly, our leptin levels can rapidly plummet. When leptin levels drop too quickly, our brains do not get the ”I’m full” message and we overeat as a result. In fact, it’s common to have a “rebound” weight gain effect after starvation diets.
NY Health & Wellness offers a host of weight loss programs and services designed to balance your “hunger hormones” (leptin, ghrelin and cortisol) which serve as barriers to losing the weight you desire. The programs at NY Health & Wellness all feature an integrated approach to weight loss and wellness including individualized nutrition plans, supplements and specific exercise regimens that reset your body’s hormonal levels naturally.
Remember that hormones affect your mood, energy, libido and weight — and must be balanced in order to maintain optimal health and wellness. However, far too often, your hormones become imbalanced due to factors such as stress, poor diet, environmental toxins, certain medications and other lifestyle choices. Out-of-whack hormonal levels—especially leptin and the two other “hunger hormones” (ghrelin and cortisol)—will wreak havoc on your life… and your waistline! Fortunately, getting proper exercise reduces many of the problems linked to hormonal imbalances and even releases mood-enhancing chemicals to help you better cope with stress, further helping your hormones to stay regulated. However, please note that some workout plans can actually disrupt hormone levels. You must do the right kind of exercises, at the right times and for the right amount of time, in order to achieve true and sustainable hormonal balance.
The fitness plans at NY Health & Wellness focus on form, alignment and energy balance to enable your body to achieve a new hormonal baseline that will reset your fitness and fat burning clock — allowing you to see the results that you desire without spending countless hours of futile exercise at the gym.