Laxatives and colon cleansers deserve special mention in this quick weight loss guide. While they can be useful for the loss of water weight, their potentially harmful effects make them a bad choice for a long-term weight loss solution.
It’s true that the contents of your stomach and bowels can add a couple of pounds. If you don’t get enough fiber or water in your diet, you could become painfully constipated and bloated. It’s healthier to address the root cause of these conditions (in this case, dehydration and insufficient fiber) than to routinely use laxatives to force a bowel movement.
Colon cleansers are just laxatives with a fancy name. The makers of these products would have you believe that the human colon is incapable of keeping itself clean. In reality, the human body is remarkably efficient at ridding itself of waste as long as you eat right and drink enough water.
Laxatives and colon cleansers can actually make you gain weight by causing your body to retain fluids due to dehydration. You can also become physically dependent on these substances. Our digestive system keeps itself in good working order by contracting and passing solid waste. If you use laxatives too frequently, the digestive system won’t work as hard, leading to a loss of muscle tone.
In addition, many colon cleansing products are quite expensive. You would be better off saving your money and increasing your intake of water and fiber. Laxatives should only be used on rare occasions when you’re in pain and need fast relief.
In most modern low carbohydrate weight loss diets, no distinction is made between good fats and bad fats. All fats are generally lumped together; the goal is simply to reduce carbohydrates and not worry about fats. But you should worry about fats. Not all fats are created equal, and the impact of fat on blood cholesterol-and the odds of developing heart disease-can’t be ignored. The problem is, fats are confusing for many people trying to make good dietary decisions. For one thing, many of them sound alike. How are saturated fats different from monounsaturated – or even polyunsaturated – fats? How are omega 6 fats different from the omega 3 variety?
- Monounsaturated fats are good. They’re found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados; are known to lower blood cholesterol; and help prevent artery logging or atherosclerosis. Continue reading
High glycemic carbohydrates cause an increase in your blood triglycerides and a decrease in your good HDL cholesterol. They also cause an increase in a special type of cholesterol in your bloodstream called small dense LDL cholesterol All of these changes in blood chemistry severely increase your risk of death from heart disease.
Small-Dense LDL Cholesterol
In recent years, small-dense LDL cholesterol has emerged as one of the most potent risk of atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process.The study of atherosclerosis has become increasingly specific. First, we had cholesterol, then HDL and LDL (good and bad) cholesterol, and now a particularly bad kind of LDL cholesterol whose small, dense particles are ideal for artery blockage. Continue reading