Why Crash Diets Are Not The Way Forward
Did you know…?
When you’re trying to lose weight, it takes four weeks for you to see your body changing, it takes eight weeks for your friends & family to see your body changing, and it takes 12 weeks for the rest of the world to see your body changing!
Summer is fast approaching and many of us regularly find ourselves looking in the mirror at the puppy fat we gained over Christmas (to keep ourselves warm, obviously). We long to be able to just click our fingers and see all of our imperfections disappear, and in their place we’d be left with a stunning summer body.
Unfortunately, we’re not living in a fairy tale, and there certainly isn’t a Fairy Godmother with a magic wand coming to give us our dream body, so it’s going to take time, patience and effort.
Some, however, will find themselves turning to fad diets – a weight loss plan or diet that promises dramatic results in a short period of time. Not only will you struggle to keep the weight off using a fad diet, because the second you start eating again you’ll gain it back (and more), they’re not good for your health either – some, in fact, can be dangerous.
Here’s a few reasons why fad diets are NOT the way forward and why you want to lose weight the hard way…
It’s not sustainable
Fad diets are designed for you to lose a drastic amount of weight in a short period of time – for weight loss to be sustainable it has to be lost progressively over a period of time, a few pounds per week for example. To lose a stone or two within days or weeks, chances are that firstly you’re starving yourself and you’re making yourself ill, and secondly when you start to eat food again you’re going to immediately pile the pounds back on (and possibly even more).
They’re not healthy
Losing a crazy amount of weight in a short period of time is damaging for your body; dehydration, fatigue & weakness, nausea & headaches and constipation are some of the initial effects that you’ll feel from doing a fad diet, and they’ll only get worse the longer you’re maintaining the diet and lifestyle.
Exercise is key
Whilst weight loss is 80/20 clean eating/exercise, if you’re on a fad diet you’re going to struggle to have the energy to exercise. To begin with you’ll feel fine, you’ll be loving the insane results you’re seeing, you’ll use this to spur you on in the gym, but then you’ll start to notice that you just don’t have the energy to work out and that’s because the fad diet is damaging your body in so many ways; your muscles, your internal organs, even your moods.
Malnutrition is a real concern
Starving your body of the nutrients, minerals and vitamins that it needs isn’t a good idea, and even though fats and carbs sound evil you still need some in your overall diet to maintain a balance. Depriving your body of these over a prolonged period of time can lead to severe malnutrition. Unintentional weight loss, weak muscles, being tired all the time, low mood and an increase in illnesses and/or infections are the key signs to look for if you think someone is malnourished.
Increased likelihood of an eating disorder
Some get used to seeing drastic results over a short period of time and then become impatient when their weight loss slows down. This is normal though; the more you weigh, the easier it is to lose; the smaller you get, the harder it gets to shift the weight. As people get smaller and the weight loss slows down, some turn to more drastic measures to keep their weight loss up, in turn increasing their chances of developing an eating disorder. Eating disorders can destroy lives, it’s just not worth the risk.
What you should be doing…
Exercise, get a balanced diet (fruit, veg, carbs, meats, fats and so on), stop obsessing over the number on the scales – it may only be going down 1 or 2lbs per week, but that’s far more sustainable – and enjoy it! Cutting out the bad foods and takeaways doesn’t mean you only have to eat salads, have some fun with your food.
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