Though challenging to resist because they produce a sure result, crash diets are the worst solution one could resort to if they are overweight.
They’re very attractive at first glance for the person who wants to lose weight quickly, especially with the end goal in mind – to fit into your old skirt or to flatten your stomach before summer. They usually involved a very strict diet with very few calories (usually less than 800-1200 calories daily) which very quickly leads to the desired results.
Though they are relatively easy to follow because they require strict adherence to a restrictive feeding schedule, very bad short-term and long-term health side effects follow. After that, it is hard to rebalance the body and most people return to their old bad habits.
What should be emphasized is that “crash diets” are usually very nutritionally unbalanced and can lead to serious long-term psychological, physical and various other side effects on the body.
Here are only a few such harmful side effects:
One common misconception is that fast diets lead to weight loss as a result of losing fat. You need to know that “crash diets” first consume carbohydrates, more specifically “glycogen,” which is the fastest energy source and is found deposited in the liver and bound with water. Because of that, every “crash diet” begins by losing water and not fat or “extra pounds!” In addition to that, the consequences of dehydration on the body frequently coupled with electrolyte disorders can lead to weakness, headaches, instability and even dangerous heart arrhythmias.
Often, variations in blood sugar and stress caused by starvation can lead to hormonal disbalance, fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, weakened concentration, insulin resistance, an increase of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. Loss of self-confidence and depression also commonly occur.
Fast diets deny the immune system of important minerals and vitamins (especially liposoluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and oligominerals necessary for the body’s defense). This is why there is not only a short-term risk of developing complications arising from common bacterial or virus infections, but also a long-term risk of serious autoimmune and malignant illnesses.
Another bad thing about “crash diets” is that by decreasing calorie intake below 1200 daily leads to the breaking down of proteins essential to maintaining muscle mass which is key for a healthy metabolism. Losing this leads to slowing metabolism and the calories we consume usually lead to regaining the weight.
Nearly 40% of those who consume less than 800 calories daily have a risk for gallstones.
These are only some of the reasons why we should not resort to extreme diets and why combining proper nutrition and physical activity is the only good decision. Doing only one of these two is not enough. We offer these packaged together from the comfort of your own home!