Why Crash Dieting is a Terribly Bad Idea

It never fails, a celebrity or somebody we know with the perfect body recommends it to us, the heat and the calendar indicates that the months we can wear our bathing suits are up and the need we fill in us to begin a diet starts and does not stop. It becomes a priority to get rid of those extra pounds that have been bothering you for some time now.

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Those are the moments when we feel tempted to start a crash diet, one that in some short weeks bring that long lost slim figure we so loved. This popular diets are commonly based on liquids, an individual food group or other characteristics that say bring these fast results.

But are you improving your health or actually making it worse? Some diets promise to deliver miracle results in little to no time but the truth is specialists and doctors say NO -and very emphatically we can add- to these crash diets. They alert us of the high nutritional risks and the hated rebound effect that is guaranteed to happen. These crash diets are the sure formula to put at risk your health with the unbalanced nutritional values they produce.


Crash diets usually are achieved by a very low caloric intake, or even in some cases, many different types of foods are completely forbidden from the diet like carbohydrates, vegetables, milk and cheese, solids, etc. Even worse in many of these diets fasting is implicated for certain periods of time, which cause serious harmful side effects to the body apart like higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (with hyper diets such as the Atkins diet), risk of kidney malfunction (with high protein diets like the astronaut diets) and even shortages of vitamins and minerals.

These diets come accompanied with various consequences that are negative and damage the organism. Some immediate side effects include: headaches, fainting, dizziness and even negatively impacts your driving skills. Long term side effects include body with low defenses, anemia, skin dryness, and stretch marks. There are different ways to know you are looking at a crash diet: they promise fast weight loss (more the 10 pounds a month), lifelong results, easy to follow, safe and risk free, prohibited foods that are blamed for not losing weight, they generate stress, anxiety, tiredness, lack of sleep and loss of muscle mass.

The worse thing about these diets is that their effects do not last for long, and that is almost scientifically proven. Yes, for some people they are more long termed because of the different metabolisms each individual person has but for the most part they have terribly short results because the loss does not come from adequate activity. If you loose 20 pounds, 16 pounds are fat but 4 pounds are water and muscle, when you start eating normally you will gain back the 20 pounds but they will be made up of just fat which is harder to loose.

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Once normal food intake and alimentation occur (which is what happens when we become happy of losing some extra pounds… lets be honest normally people start to eat the same as always and not maintain a better and healthier life style) the weight we managed to shed with this extreme diets come back. Generally with added kilograms and faster than we succeeded in losing them; this is called the rebound effect. The only thing that these diets achieve is the loss of great quantity of water and muscle mass, not fat, which is the only effective method of eliminating body weight and the only object of obesity treatment. Losing muscle mass only mean that weight loss becomes harder, without it we reduce the amount of muscle which reduces our bodies machine to eliminate fat.

We will mention some of these famous diets so you can avoid them!

– Mushroom Plan it originated in the United Kingdom and it consists of replacing foods with mushrooms.

– Dissociate diet was made in 1911 and it entails of separating different types of food and never consuming them together.

– Detox is an only liquid diet where you fast on solids to supposedly detox you organism.

– Dukan is a 4 stage diet high on proteins which reduce apetite and force your body to burn calories.

– 5 bites with this diet people do not have breakfast plus they can eat whatever they want for lunch and dinner but only 5 bites of it.

– Baby food its name says it all, food must be replaced with only baby food.

– Fricker in high on proteins and low on calories, you combine meat and fish with vegetables and fruit.

Don’t you think if any of these diets actually worked there would be less people looking for the next best thing? You must remember that the best way to lose those extra pounds you have been carrying around is with a healthy and balanced alimentation plus constant exercising (at least 3 times a week). Miracle crash diets are not the right solution and definitely not when the goal is to change your body and look your very best in the long run.

So the greatest decision you can make right now is to start changing your life style and loose the neediness for a quick and easy solution, because there are none. Undertake a life plan that is healthier and get to next year with the body you have always wanted which is the sensible thing to do. Each diet plan should be adapted to your own specific profile, they consists of a slight reduction of calories (for example 400 calories less than what you normally consume in a day), smaller portions of the food you take, no “forbidden” foods and moderate physical activity that is fit to your needs (it does not work to kill yourself in the gym 70% of weight loss comes from eating in a healthier way and just 30% come from physical activity). There are certain supplements like forskolin that we can use to enhance and facilitate our weight loss, like those who reduce the fat in people who are physically active.

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Another thing we must remember is that when we are 3 to 4 months in our healthy and balanced lifestyle where we have reduced caloric intake we usually get to a point where it becomes harder and near impossible to lose weight, this is when we have to increment physical activity and not keep subtracting caloric intake (it is important to know that an adult should not have a diet of less than 1200 calories per day.

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