Losing weight naturally seems to be an unpopular solution these days in the health news. With medical weight loss centers and medical doctors selling the benefits of surgery for weight loss, weight loss prescription medications, and the hCG diet, it’s no surprise that many consumers often go for the fast and “easy” ways to lose weight.
Unfortunately, just as traditional Western medicine often only deals with the symptoms and not the cause of an illness, medical weight loss solutions often work in much the same way.
For example, many prescription weight loss pills are stimulants that merely suppress the appetite; however, this does nothing to address the reasons why the individual is driven to overeat, or why they have such food cravings in the first place.
Natural Weight Loss vs. Medical Weight Loss Interventions
Surgical interventions often come with more risks than they eliminate. Lap band surgery is one of the most common interventions, and it is often touted as being the safest… but that’s not saying much.
According to a recent ABC news story, roughly half of patients who get lap band surgery have to have it removed due to complications. These complications can include infection, damage to the stomach, and the lap band itself slipping from the intended position.
Of course, hCG diet treatments have become all the rage, especially since Kevin Trudeau wrote about them in his book. However, calling the hCG diet a “natural weight loss method” is like calling immunizations a natural way to boost the immune system. The hCG diet is anything but a natural method of weight loss.
The hCG diet involves injecting the patient with unnaturally high levels of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (hCG). The problem with this is that hCG is normally only produced in a woman’s body during pregnancy in order to facilitate post-partum lactation.
In other words, in nature, its function is to help the mother’s body release fat for calories to feed her baby during breast-feeding. This is one reason why breastfeeding mothers are able to lose their “baby weight” so quickly.
Sure, this sounds great – but what about the risks? The main risk with this diet is malnourishment, which leads to rebound weight gain after the treatments stop. Patients on the hCG diet are instructed to cut their daily caloric intake to just 500 calories a day. This is a dangerously low intake level that can have serious long-term consequences on the patient’s health and metabolism, thus sabotaging their weight loss.
As anyone who has successfully lost weight permanently can attest, severe calorie-restricted diets never work in the long-term, because the metabolism crashes in order to conserve calories.
This is a natural response to the famine-like conditions these sorts of crash diets simulate, and there is nothing you can do to avoid it. And, when you get off your ultra-low calorie eating plan, you gain all that weight back quickly, and usually end up weighing more than before.
The Alternative to Medical Weight Loss
So what’s the answer? Instead of trying to take the quick and easy route (and potentially risking your health in the process), opt instead for methods of losing weight naturally. These interventions work along with the body to allow you to lose weight in a gradual, natural way that will allow you to keep the weight off for the long term.
Is losing weight naturally easy?
Of course not, because it requires permanent lifestyle changes. However, natural healthy weight loss is obviously the safest and least-invasive method of losing weight permanently.