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Crash dieting works wonders but will it be good for your health?
In a world where technology is fast evolving, you get used to getting things done fast and easy.
Losing weight is no different. A lot of women would opt for shortcuts and want to shed off those excess pounds faster without having to exert too much effort.
This is where crash dieting comes in. Aside from offering a quick and easy solution to your weight problem, do you know what it is exactly and if it is good for your health? Also, does it last? Is its effects long-term?
Crash dieting is the type of weight loss that is done on a short-term basis and entails a very-low-calorie diet for rapid weight loss results. And, that quick-fix solution is what makes it very tempting.
There are a number of crash diets that have become very popular such as the juice diet, which entails no solid food but just juices; the 7-day detox diet that promises to bring the toxins out of your body as well; and the keto diet, the low-carb high-fat diet.
Tamara Willner, a nutritionist, gave her advice on detox diets via the Daily Express. She said that while this diet works and will make you shed off pounds, it is unhealthy, and the pounds that you lose will not stay off. This means the effect will not be long-term.
The nutritionist explained that the reason why you lose weight fast is that you are only consuming a small number of calories and that your body will be fasting for long hours in a day. However, aside from shedding off those extra pounds, you compromise your muscle mass.
Because you are only consuming fruit and vegetable juices, therefore you will lack protein, which will result in you losing your muscle mass.
Willner said this is not good because it will affect your metabolism, and in the long run, you will only be burning fewer calories at rest.
According to the nutritionist, reducing body fat but maintaining your muscle mass is the true goal of losing weight.
Helen Bond, a registered dietician, told the Netdoctor, that these crash diets do not provide balanced nutrition and can lead to problems not only for your physical health but your mental health as well.
Both health experts said that in the long-term, you would not be able to stop from gaining more weight than you have lost because you will fall into the cycle of yoyo dieting wherein you either eat all or you eat nothing.
Other health experts say that after going into crash dieting, this will turn into binge eating as you try to compensate for the low-calorie diet.
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