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The right weight has always been a contentious issue among men and women alike. What is the right weight is so many times predetermined by us under the influence of various entertainment exposures. And that is where most of us falter, to get that right weight, or to get into a particular outfit, we find ways and means to lose weight. People who have to lose weight for medical reasons, do it in a much more systematic manner than those who do it for cosmetic reasons.

Losing weight always seems to be a major agenda for many people. The reason being to get into shape and they try to achieve it by following an unconsulted and unprescribed weight loss routine. Although it's our body, most of us are not educated on its various mechanisms to make decisions regarding its needs and requirements. Following are some of the wrong practices for weight loss.

Skipping Meals: This seems to be 'the way' to lose weight. Skipping breakfast to start with, lunch some days, and dinner all together. With no food in the stomach, it won't add up to any weight, and help one to drop the scales.

Diets: Without understanding what a diet comprises, most weight watchers just get on with it. Information on Atkins diet, zone diet, Hoodia diet, low-carb diet, and many fad diets are easily available for anyone planning to go on a diet, without consultation too. What is worse, is that people skip from one diet to another without giving anyone of them time to work.

Zero Calories: Our body needs fat, not in large quantities, but it still does, moderately. To deprive it of all calories thinking it will help drop weight is so common. One won't touch any sugar commodity, but will consume all the harmful artificial sweeteners in the name of losing weight.

Drugs and pills: Pop a pill and skip the meal, another unhealthy weight loss method. Most weight-loss drugs, some very unscrupulous Ayurvedic or natural ones can be easily bought over the counter too. However, you can be assured that none of these drugs come without their share of negative effects on the mind and body, not to mention all the withdrawal symptoms that come after cessation of the diet pills.

Purging: The act of throwing up is either a symptom or leads to bulimia. Purging what you eat has a psychological effect on an individual. Purging increases carvings for unhealthy foods, which needs to be pushed out of the body immediately. Purging works on the illusion that one has satisfied the hunger cravings by consuming the food, and lost the calories by throwing up.

Laxatives: The excessive and dubious use of laxatives in the form of pills, powders, suppositories, and teas to reduce weight is not new, this despite research proving that continuous use weakens the digestive system and translates to many abdomen-related complications.

Smoking: A very common way to suppress hunger, smoking sends all these vague signals to the brain to increase the metabolic rate, and consequently kill hunger. Most chronic smokers can go without having their meals and not feeling the effect too. However, in a while the body loses its strength and becomes susceptible to cancers and other infections.

Exercise: Exercise is definitely a step towards a fitter and a slimmer body, but relentless and continuous exercising hoping to shed those flab's and extra kilos is possibly the worst thing one can do to a body already deprived of nourishment.

There is nothing more harmful to the mind, soul, and body than depriving it of nourishment. If weight is what you seek to shed, find the best way to lose weight, the healthy way. Losing weight cannot be a 'quick fix' program. To lose and maintain weight, appropriate weight should be the aim. There are many healthy ways to lose weight that will achieve results in a much more positive manner. Unhealthy practices will not just drop the scales, it will completely deplete and weaken the body too. If weight is what you are keen to shed, then you must work on the premise, that it did not take a day to put on that weight, hence why expect it to be lost in a day.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.