The countdown to summer is nearing an end, giving those who wish to improve their fitness less time to achieve their goals before they hit the beach and display their hard work. With this deadline drawing near, people may feel pressured to take shortcuts in order to achieve their goals by summer. The common quick fixes found in extreme dieting and exercise may provide results, but not without a cost. For example, many dieters will cut out macronutrients as a whole, such as carbs, in order to lose weight. This is starving the body of its main source of energy. The nervous system primarily depends on carbs to function; without the fuel, the body will slow down physically and mentally. The absence of this nutrient will produce weight loss results almost immediately along with negative long-term effects on the body. Cutting out carbs slows the metabolism and forces the body to break down fats and proteins for energy. When an individual begins introducing carbs back into their diet, their body will want to store the carbs instead of use them for energy because the nutrient has been depleted. That means say hello to those few pounds you just lost.
To summarize, there are no quick fixes. Give your body what it needs, and don’t over do it on the things it doesn’t need. Stock your fridge and pantry with organic meats and veggies, replace your processed sweet treats with nature’s candy- fruit, and break a sweat everyday by pairing up strength training and cardio! Your body will thank you for doing it the right way!