Our approach is to focus on the cause of all these symptoms rather than chase down every individual effect—go for the root of the problem, move ourselves from a state of ill health to health, and then see what symptoms persist from there.
Usually that takes care of pretty much everything.
The body is remarkable in its capacity to heal itself when everything is working in balance and in order as it was designed to work. When the different systems of your body are out of balance and out of whack, that's when we are at risk for all of those obesity-related illnesses we are so familiar with: Diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and heart attacks. It's no wonder the new epidemic in America is obesity.
So, the last thing that you want to do when you get to the end of a 6 to 12 week diet is to mindlessly continue at a very low calorie level for an extended period of time. No, you have to give your body a break.
We aim to reduce body fat by about 10% each dietary cycle. After losing 12 to 24 pounds of fat over an 8 to 10 week diet, you need to reverse diet—slowly raise your calories back up to maintenance levels in order to allow your body to recover, heal and set yourself up for the next diet cycle.
(Remember to reverse diet when you are through, though, or you will pile fat back on. No wonder so many people regain their weight!)
Then, your metabolism will be revved up, your hormones will be back in balance, and you will be ready to go another round on the diet, and lose another 10% of your body fat. Do this process over and over until you are modeling bikinis or competing in physique competitions.