This year you are already late for the bikini operation. Rapid weight loss is a dangerous shortcut. Eating well should be annual, not temporary
Every year, who more and who less considers and even starts a "bikini operation" for the summer at this time. That is to say, a drastic and often meaningless weight loss in just one or two months to arrive with a "good body" for the summer months, since it is the time of year when the body is most often displayed (at beach or pool, or simply because it is warmer and less clothes are worn). The point is that this is not only a mistake, it can be dangerous.
In the same way that after big holidays like Christmas, advertising urges us to use shortcuts to lose weight, the time of the bikini operation is no different: from miracle diets to detox shakes, many are the companies that try to profit financially from the deception of rapid weight loss, almost magical, but unhealthy after all.
I'm sorry to disappoint you, but this year you are not only late at this point for the bikini operation, but my recommendation is that you do not even try: the healthy lifestyle should be carried out throughout the year, and not just a few months before the summer to show off.
Operation bikini: the dangers of rapid weight loss
During the two or three months before summer, many individuals pretend to carry out a rapid loss of body weight without measure, and without common sense. To do this they simply eat less and increase their physical activity, without more. Big mistake. This formula has proven to be useless in alleviating the problem of obesity.
What we should do is start a complete lifestyle change, because eating too little does not usually last long, and it usually takes very little time to return to the usual diet and even increase intake. In addition, the large initial weight losses are not from fat as is often believed, but from fluid accumulated by a chronic poor diet.
On the other hand, despite losing weight, there is a serious danger that affects four out of ten individuals who manage to give weight: the rebound effect. This effect, according to some authors, is a form of brain readjustment; our thinking organ interprets that there is a lack of food (and not that we want to show off a better body), and activates mechanisms to burn fewer calories when exercising while releasing hormones that increase the sensation of appetite. The human body is wise, and has in fact created specific neurons to do this job, but it doesn't always benefit us in our long-term goals.
While it is true that this rebound effect can also occur during progressive and conscious weight loss, that is, through a proper long-term diet, it is known that it is much easier for this to happen when you lose weight drastically and quickly (as is often done in a typical bikini operation). In addition, recent studies have concluded that despite losing weight and maintaining the loss in the long term, that is, despite doing everything correctly and without haste, hunger never disappears. The effects of this increased appetite on rapid and drastic weight loss are multiplied exponentially.
Is it worth doing a lot of exercise for a bikini operation?
Although the answer to this question would be "it depends", the reality is that in the general population there is no room for doubt: Exercising is ineffective for losing weight.
When we are told to increase our physical activity, we tend to think that just half an hour a day is enough to lose a few calories; However, at a moderate intensity, the average number of calories burned in that half hour ranges between 100 kcal and 150 kcal. To give us an idea, a sugary soda of any brand contains approximately that caloric density.
In this case, what would work would be the diet, but not "a diet", that is, we should not understand a radical change in diet temporarily. I mean diet as a general diet, as a long-term lifestyle, and not just as a form of one-off weight loss. What should motivate us is long-term health gain, since weight loss will be a side effect and should not be the first and only goal. It is not a matter of "dieting", but rather of "learning to eat. "
Finally, in case anyone has doubts about the ineffectiveness of physical exercise, it should be noted that studies have shown that only in the United States the number of active people has been increasing almost at the same time that obesity figures have increased, something that it is also happening in the various countries of the western world.
We move more, but that does not help to lose weight, although it does have many other health benefits such as reducing cardiovascular risk, reducing the risk of suffering from Alzheimer's dementia, or even avoiding psychiatric disorders such as anxiety or depression. But in terms of losing weight, its effectiveness is limited, since it has been shown to collaborate with a good way of eating, but by itself exercise is useless in weight loss.
The final conclusion is clear: if the initial goal is aesthetic, and weight loss is sought, fine. But in the long term, the primary goal should be general health, conscious lifestyle change, and not just having this or that body. That the change in lifestyle is carried out for one reason or another is indifferent, but it is a mistake to initiate said change in a hurry and in bad ways, because our own body will stop our plans in its tracks and will even “punish” us for this with a few extra kilos.