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When starting up on a fat loss diet plan, very often a great deal of energy and focus is placed right

on the exact body weight that you're at. You want to weig h a certain number of pounds or kilograms and that's all that you have on your m ind: reaching that goal weight. But, one thing that you should stop and think about for a second is what level o f body fat you're at both at your current weight and what you will be at when yo u reach your goal weight. Maintaining a safe level of body fat is incredibly important as there are negati ve health risks associated with being on either end of the spectrum. Let's have a look at this issue further so you can see for yourself where you sh ould stand. The Dangers Of Too Much Body Fat Most people are already quite aware of some of the biggest dangers of having too much body fat, but to summarize, when you have too high of body fat levels, yo u'll likely be experiencing higher overall cholesterol levels which could set yo u up for heart disease, you'll also be at risk for diabetes as the body tends to respond less to insulin when too much fat is present, and you'll also be puttin g your bones and joints at risk for health problems due to all the excess weight coming down on them. All in all, carry too much body fat and you'll really be doing a detriment to yo ur overall health and well-being. The Dangers Of Too Little Body Fat On the flip side of the coin, if you don't have enough body fat you could run th e risk of nutrient deficiencies. Since many of the vitamins that the body needs are only fat soluble, if you aren't eating enough dietary fats in the first plac e, you likely won't be taking these nutrients in, and then since the body has su ch low fat stores, there won't be any place to store them. Having too low of body fat levels can put your bones at risk for osteoporosis as well, especially if you're a female. Those females who do suffer from very low body fat levels will also notice that they stop menstruating, so that's another negative health effect to be aware of. Finally, when you have very low body fat levels you're also going to notice that you feel tired on an ongoing basis, are constantly hungry, and may not even be able to focus and think as clearly as you normally would. Your Optimal Range So what's the safe body fat range? For females who do require more essential fat, you want to be between 21-33% if you're 20-40 years of age and be 23-35% if you're over the age of 40. This is t he recommended amount to maintain proper health and going outside of these range s are what will bring about the problems listed above. For males, they can be quite a bit leaner and have a healthy range of body fat s et to 8-19% for the age group of 20-40 years and have a healthy range set to 1122% for those that are 41-60 years of age. According to popular diet advice, bad diets are generally those diets that are u nhealthy and do not address the problems that caused you to gain weight in the f irst place. If you don't learn something about the foods you eat, you will gain the weight back when you reestablish old eating habits. Following are some of the major side effects associated with bad diets. 1Unbalanced and unhealthy: Some so called fat burning diets frequently re quire the elimination of perfectly healthy foods. As a result, what you eat is n ot a healthy, balanced combination of food and lacks several vital minerals and portions of food such as complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber or essential fatty acids. 2Can cause starvation: If a fat burning diet plan asks you to a skip a me al in a day, it probably will not work for you. In reality, it could cause quite the opposite effect i.e. weight gain by slowing your metabolism. That s why; havin g frequent smaller meals instead of 2 or 3 larger meals in a day is always prefe

rred. 3Can devoid you of exercise: Most bad diets claim that with their regular use, you would continue to lose weight even if you don t exercise. This is complete ly untrue. In fact, to achieve long-term weight loss goals, a perfect combinatio n of diet and exercise is must. 4Results are temporary: Bad diets may be effective for short term because you will lose some extra fluid as well as the weight loss is usually temporary because you're going to eating habits when you go off the diet. In a few weeks, your ht back where it was before the diet. weight loss in the some fat. However, return to your old weight will be rig

5Inconsistent effects: Another problem with bad diets is that these diet s only work when you stay on them so that means you have to be on a diet the res t of your life to be successful. 6Expensive in long run: Naturally, when one has to strictly follow a cert ain diet regiment and for long time period, it will definitely cause a burden on the user s pocket 7Undesirable health hazards: Some of diets contain ephedrine, a dangerous , addictive drug that is not only illegal in high-level athletes, but also poten tially deadly because it can increase incidence of strokes, seizures, and heart attacks. They are even more dangerous when combined with caffeine or other herbs . These dangerous chemicals can also be found in teas and drinks. 8Risk of excessive fluid loss / dehydration: Most bad diets cause paid a nd excessive fluid loss. This naturally results in fast weight loss and many die ters mistakenly think of this as a major benefit of such diets. Typically, this levels off after 8-12 weeks. When normal intake of carbs resumes, the weight is usually regained. Also, excessive fluid loss in the early stage of such diets (e .g. low carb diet regime) can cause low blood pressure resulting in dizziness an d fainting. 9Constipation: A diet restricted in carbohydrates will not permit suffici ent fiber from fruits, grains or vegetables. Result? Constipation is a frequent side-effect of low carb dieting. On the other hand, fiber itself is important in causing sustained and long term weight loss which is usually deficient in these diets. 10Frustration: The meal plan for these so called low carb or fat burning d iets is very strict and demands that participants make no changes. With the exce ption of a choice between coffee and tea, no options are offered. Because the di et is so demanding, dieters are likely to give up before they have finished and might potentially be frustrated from attempting to diet in the future as a resul t.