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Short-Term Weight Loss? Not Healthy in the Long-Term

Trying to lose weight by methods which are short-term in there thinking, or by methods which you do not plan on maintaining for the next 20 years, are poorly thought out, poorly engineered, many have proven potentially dangerous, and are destined for failure.


Gastric stapling, gastric bypass, intestinal bypass, liposuction, wiring the jaws shut are among the surgical procedures used to help people lose weight.  These methods also fail if other deeper, more important issues are not addressed, such as the person's life styles, i.e. eating and exercising habits!


Non-Healthy Methods for Losing Weight and Why They Are Concerning

Let's examine just a few of the popular methods and rationales for weight loss which fail to promote safe, permanent loss of fat because they eliminate your responsibility for changing your eating and exercise behaviors.


Method                              How it’s supposed to work                              Concerns


Diet pills, (over-the-     Contain chemicals to suppress                   Can cause high blood

counter products          appetite or raise metabolic                         pressure, dehydration

                                           rate by stimulating the central                    and poor nutrient

                                           nervous system.                                            absorption.  Risk of

                                                                                                                    dependency as need for

                                                                                                                    stronger doses for same

                                                                                                                    effect increases.


Special foods or          Certain foods such as                                   Not based on scientific fact.

combinations              grapefruit burn fat. Special                          Limits food choices and

                                        combinations fool your body                       compromises nutrition.

                                        into digesting them differently                     Impossible and unhealthy

                                        allowing absorption of                                   to maintain.

                                        fewer calories.



Meal Replacements        Control calories by replacing                  Products alone may not

(liquid drinks or                regular meals and snacks.                     help you lose weight.

packaged foods)                                                                                   Companies package

                                                                                                                  products with low-calorie

                                                                                                                  diet and exercise plans.

                                                                                                                  Eliminates flexibility of

                                                                                                                  food choices.


Very low-calorie                 Severe calorie restriction                      May cause temporary

diets (restrict calories      promotes faster weight                         loss of water weight,

to less than 1,000               loss.                                                          not long-term loss of fat

a day)                                                                                                       Tricks body into thinking

                                                                                                                   its starving.  Body reacts

                                                                                                                   by lowering calorie needs

                                                                                                                   Doesn’t emphasize

                                                                                                                   exercise and concepts of

                                                                                                                   burning more calories.



Nutrition Drinks,         Same as above with less                             Are being marketed to            

such as Ensure &         calorie still.  Contains water                       healthy, active adults

Sustacal                         sugar, oils, vitamins, minerals,                   who do not need them!

                                         and milk and soy proteins.                          Other than brightly

                                                                                                                  packaged cans and catchy

                                                                                                                  slogans, there’s little

                                                                                                                  difference between them

                                                                                                                  and a vitamin pill dissolved

                                                                                                                  in a milk shake.


High-Protein                  At first, the weight loss comes                   These diets essentially

“Miracle” Diets              from losing water.  Then from                   say “Hello meat,

                                          caloric restriction, starvation.                     poultry, fish, and eggs.

                                                                                                                   Good-bye fruits, vegetables,

                                                                                                                   grains and a balanced diet."

                                                                                                                   High fat foods, such as meats, 

                                                                                                                   promote heart disease, 

                                                                                                                   diabetes, cancers etc.

                                                                                                                   It is also very difficult and     

                                                                                                                   unhealthy to stick with for

                                                                                                                   the long run.



Everyone has goal with regards to the "diet" they choose to follow. If I could be so bold as to counsel you... Your goals should be long term, focused around health and wellness, not the mirror or scale. If you have questions as to what sort of diet is "best." Let's visit and make a plan that's best for you.


At Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Chiropractic Physicians Dr Josh Williams and Dr. M. Curtis Hobson have the solution to more than just your back.  With professional, on-hand dietitians, health coaches, massage therapist, and Chiropractic physicians, we can focus on your overall health and wellness that will allow you to run FASTER, jump HIGHER, recover QUICKER, and will ultimately achieve your greatest health and wellness goals. At Cedar City Chiropractic and Rehab... We have MORE than just your back!

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