So every time you try a new diet or a weight loss program the first thing you should ask yourself is what are you exactly trying to lose? Weight or Fat??? These two can seem very seem similar, but can give you completely different results.
Weight loss: We often look at weight loss as the ultimate culmination of our dreams. But hey…your body weight is made up of body fat, muscle, body water etc so what are you exactly trying to lose.
In my early twenties I went on an extreme low carb diet- I took all the sugars out and almost all the carbs. I lost a ton of weight on the super low carb diet 15 kgs or 30 lbs to be precise but also lost the radiance of my skin, the softness of my hair, my cheerful disposition and almost lost my sanity. I was feeling cold all the time, exhausted all the time, I was losing my thick lustrous hair, my skin was dry, my heels were cracking and I just looked unwell. I neglected most my symptoms, as was happy finally being skinny (believe me it is next to impossible to be skinny if you have a Kapha Body type like me). And finally on a one not-so-fine day, I fainted in front of not just a few classmates and my professor but in a room full of patients awaiting their health check-up. This was the most embarrassing event in my life, as at the time being an Ayurvedic doctor in training, I not only failed to follow my own advice, but also could not be a role model for people who where trying to regain their health. It took me over 3 months to regain my strength skin radiance and over 6 months to get back my lustrous mane. What it taught me was never to ever try anything at the expense of my physical and mental health.
So the bottom line is weight loss doesn’t always mean fat loss. If done wrong it can also mean
loss of protein from your muscles which can make you weak, tired, irritable and lower your immunity as well as stamina and endurance
loss of collagen from your tissue which can lead to saggy skin, wrinkles, stretch marks and/or
loss of body water that can lead to dehydration, headaches, inability to detoxify your body.