UPDATE: Curious if people are asking the same weight loss questions in 2015? Check out this new post on common weight loss questions!
We live in a world where the internet has made it easy to get your questions answered. Better yet, you can do it without the subsequent raise of an eyebrow that follows when you ask “Is it unhealthy to eat my own boogers?”
Google has even taken it upon themselves to help you out in this endeavor. When you type the beginning of a question like ‘is it unhealthy….’ google will guess what you’re asking by filling in the blank with their most common searched phrases.
So we’ve compiled a list of weight loss questions that Google (or people using Google) are commonly asking about weight loss. Some of them are great, and some of them, well…
1. Is it healthy to eat the same thing every day?
We’ll start with one we liked because this is actually a pretty common thing for a lot of people trying to lose weight. The answer, however, is not so cut and dry as you might like.
From a pure health standard it depends on what you’re eating. Eating the same nutritious meals every day at the same time can actually be good for you. Your body gets what it wants and you don’t have to be consistently planning meals. If you know what you like, and what you like is good for you, go with it! However, if you’re talking about eating 6 tacos every day at noon because that little taco cart in the parking lot of your grocer is so freaking tasty, then it’s probably not the best for you.
There are also some other factors to consider. If you’re only eating it because it’s healthy and not something you want, (or because it’s just easier that way) then the boredom of eating this food can be a very negative thing to losing weight.
Also when your variety of food stays very limited there can be an adjustment period whenever you try something out of the ordinary. Your body gets used to certain things and if you’ve ever left the country to a place with exotic foods you have seen some of the effects of strange foods in your diet.
2. Is it safe to lose weight with laxatives?
Uhhhhh…no. Definitely not. In fact, it’s so unsafe that they have named a disorder after doing just such a thing. Bulimia, anybody?
Laxatives force food out of your body before it has any time to properly digest and absorb the nutrients of the food you eat. You’re starving yourself.
3. Is it safe to lose weight while pregnant?
According to this study by Dr Raul Artal, the old idea taking it easy and eating for two isn’t the best thing for the child, especially in obese women.
There are a lot of benefits to exercising when you’re pregnant. One of the top being that your in a mindset for lifelong change. A new child is a big thing and many of us realize our lives are in for big changes, so why not add another one to the list? Women in the study who exercised also, on average, had children with closer to average weights and fewer needed C-sections.
4. Is it healthy for my children to be dieting?
As we all learned at an early age, kids can be mean. And some of us get the genetic short stick when it comes to being overweight, but is dieting the best option?
Dieting? Not really.
A proper diet? Definitely.
Throwing Slim-Fast shakes and Salt Water cleanses at younger children is not a way to go about fixing the problem. Teaching your children about portion control, over-eating, and exercise is a great way to help them. Encouraging more active play over video games and TV can also help.
5. When losing weight, how does fat leave the body?
Fat is energy so when you lose weight, you need those stored calories. Your body will break fat cells down into glycerol and fatty acids which are then absorbed into your muscles, liver, and kidneys. These are then converted into energy at the cellular level.
6. Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?
Seeing as Gastric Bypass hasn’t been around as most other forms of surgery, studies show that the risk of death is slightly higher than that of more invasive surgeries. It is, however, still very low. Around 0.5% mortality rate as compared to, let’s say hip surgery which runs about 0.3%. Of course, this was from a study 2 years old and things have gotten even safer since then.
We’ll try not to go into the mental ramifications that weight loss surgery can cause, but if you’re not ready for this change, it can be a difficult.