Have you ever restricted your calories for an extended period of time but then returned to your “old ways” soon after? This is what you would call a crash diet, a.k.a. the No. 1 way to slow down your metabolism!

Crash dieting can do a serious number on your metabolism, and significantly decreases your levels of important fat-burning hormones – likely leading to future weight gain. These nutrient-restricting diets can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress.

How to Lose Weight Safely:

When it comes down to it, there is absolutely no benefit in fasting, detoxing or anything of the sort. But remember if you are overweight, slimming down is critical for your overall health. Even a slight weight loss can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and dramatically improve your lifestyle.

Keep in mind that the best way to see long-lasting results will be slow and steady (no – not magically losing 10 pounds in 5 days.) Think more along the lines of dropping a healthy 1-2 pounds per week. This can be achieved through regular exercise and a consistent, nutrient dense, whole-food diet.

Avoid crash and yo-yo dieting at all costs and you’ll be on your way to a healthy and maintainable lifestyle that lasts more than just a week!

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