Extreme Weight Loss – What You Need To Know

By on August 6, 2014

Here’s a question…

When you turn on the television and see the world as it’s being portrayed, do you ask yourself if what you’re seeing is, in fact, true?

The reason I ask is because I have noticed that over the years, there has been quite an abundance of information that makes its way into our lives that influences our thoughts, our emotions and our overall behaviors.

And in regard to health and fitness, this is especially true when it comes to the shows that promote extreme attempts at weight loss.

Now before I go on, let me just say right up front that I am not bashing, criticizing nor bad mouthing anything.

I actually believe in freedom of speech, so these words aren’t meant to censor anyone.

My goal here is to raise awareness of how things are portrayed in an attempt to get you to think about what you’re about to do before you take action…

So before you make any decisions about how to design a weight loss program for yourself, I just want you to get a better understanding of what it means to take extreme measures when it comes to your well-being.

Extreme Weight Loss – What You Should Know

It’s easy to feel inspired when you see someone get help from a trainer or coach and undergo a substantial transformation.

You see them go from someone who hates themselves to someone who feels a tremendous sense of self-empowerment. You watch them ‘keep on keepin on’ as they work out for several hours a day while following a very strict diet.

And then you witness the reward at the end of it all as they are praised and congratulated by their friends, family, trainer(s) and the public. You see them stand in a place of immense pride and joy as they confront the image of themselves that they worked so hard to change.

Now you may be wondering where I am going with all of this…because the scenario I have just described appears to be both inspiring and desirable, right?

Right.

This is because it is meant to paint that exact picture, which will enable an emotional response from the viewer.

Now while the feeling of being inspired by positive change isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, it is still wise to understand that while ‘reality’ may look a certain way on the surface, there are things you need to be aware of when it comes to implementing any of these behaviors on your own.

Such as:

1 – There Are Teams of Medical Professionals on Staff to Handle Injuries and/or Emergencies.

As you watch people engage in strenuous physical activities, it’s important to know that these individuals have been screened and are being monitored by medical and health professionals just in case something were to go terribly wrong.

When you see someone injure themselves on television, you also see the medical staff quickly arrive on the scene. They know how to handle an emergency and are equipped to do so regardless of what it is.

However, if YOU were to overdo it and ended up with an injury, could you say the same help would be available for you when you would need it?

Probably not.

It just doesn’t happen that way in real life, especially if you are exercising on your own.

If you were to attempt to emulate any of the extreme activities you see on television in your workouts without having been initially assessed for exercise, and then properly progressed to handle something more intense and challenging – then you could be on your way to an unwanted outcome without the support of a well-qualified staff on hand to handle your situation.

So when it comes to your own fitness program, especially if you are new to exercise or have taken a hiatus, slow and steady is the best way to go if you want to lessen your chances of getting hurt, or worse.

2 – All Diets are Monitored by Qualified Nutritional Professionals.

When it comes to extreme weight loss attempts, it’s no secret that nutrition plays a huge role.

Fad dieting, calorie or food group restrictions and other means of limiting food intake are usually part of the regime when you are looking to shed pounds quickly.

But unless someone has undergone a complete analysis of how to eat properly, especially if there are food sensitivities or medical conditions present, then using extreme measures can cause a lot more harm than good.

A couple of examples of this are nutritional deficiencies and/or a decrease in your metabolism…which will only serve to help you gain the weight back quickly and then have an even more difficult time taking it off again.

When it comes to the programs you see on television, people are under the guidance of well-qualified nutrition professionals. It is under these controlled circumstances that new eating habits are implemented, and they are monitored regularly to make sure that no one gets sick or suffers from consequences of the extreme changes in their behavior.

In regard to your own nutrition, however, if you were to implement such dietary changes on your own, you could cause yourself problems, such as malnutrition, which could easily lead to other medical problems if you weren’t being properly guided by someone who knows more than you do.

So Do Extreme Weight Loss Attempts Work?

Honestly…yes. They do.

Extreme behaviors always produce an effect.

In fact, there are times when it may be necessary to implement an extreme weight loss program, depending on the situation.

However, if this were to be the case, then you can be sure that the individual who fits into this category would have to be closely monitored to make sure that everything goes smoothly and that they do not get hurt or suffer from any other unfortunate consequences.

But unless this happens to be the case for YOU, then your best bet – regardless of your initial condition –  is to practice a safe and structured health and wellness program into your life that incorporates balance and keeps the focus on an overall desire for well-being.

The message here is to use the extreme weight loss stories as a tool for inspiration and nothing more.

The idea is to implement behaviors that are best suited for your own personal circumstances in an effort to do things the right way.

Have you ever attempted any extreme weight loss behaviors? If so, what was your experience?

About Dana Gore

Author of the book A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You), Dana Gore completed the curriculum at Fitness Institute International, Inc. as an outstanding graduate in 2009.

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