9 Unhealthiest Ways to Lose Weight

You may be willing to try just anything to lose weight — but avoid these methods if you don't want to compromise your health


Smoking could actually cause you to gain weight and it will ruin your health.

Even the most successful weight loss journeys include a variety of uphill battles. Losing weight is one of the most exhausting tasks there is, and sometimes people will do anything just to fit in a pair of skinny jeans.

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The quickest ways to lose weight always compromise your physical and mental health. Whether it be depriving yourself of food or overexerting yourself through exercise, your body takes the toll. And using unnatural commercial products to lose weight can set you up for disaster and promote overall weight gain in the long term.

Losing weight is extremely difficult, but working toward a goal is the first step for success when you are trying a new diet and exercise routine. Allow yourself to ease into the weight-loss program you choose to follow and don’t settle for quick fixes that could hurt you and reverse all of your positive efforts.  For instance, avoid these behaviors:


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Juice cleanses typically consist of drinking six juices a day.

A short-term juice cleanse does have benefits but a diet without solid foods can be very dangerous. “Losing lots of fluid without medical supervision is risky, and when it's combined with fasting, even riskier," Michelle May, MD, told Web MD. "Your body is uniquely fine-tuned to detoxify and excrete toxins. So cleanses are unnecessary and can lead to serious complications by messing with your body’s system.”

Eliminating Carbohydrates


Complex carbohydrates, such as whole-grain bread, are helpful for weight loss.


There is such a thing as healthy carbohydrates and carbohydrates that can help you lose weight. By eliminating all carbohydrates from your diet, your main energy source will no longer exist. Healthy carbohydrates, or complex carbohydrates, found in whole-grain breads, vegetables, legumes, and nuts are all part ofa healthy diet.