Written by Deirdre
If you type in the phrase “lose weight” in any search engine you’ll be presented with millions of articles. The most popular articles are the ones that use words like “fast” or “easy” in the title. By observation I can safely guess that the reason for this is that most people want instant gratification, which is completely normal. But when it comes to dieting, overnight results are nonexistent.
With that said, one of the most popular methods of weight loss is go on a crash diet. Crash diets are extreme in a sense that it involves severe caloric, and therefore nutritional, restriction. I’m not a dietician but I have spent a considerable amount of time as an outpatient in an Eating Disorder Program. A dietician came in every day to help educate us on the widespread myths of crash dieting.
Simply put: they don’t work.
Yes, you will lose weight with one of these diets but you’ll just end up gaining it back, and sometimes a bit more. Completely depriving yourself of necessary nutrition will cause your body to go into starvation move so it will do everything it can to keep your next meal in your stomach, no matter how small it is. Not only that but you’ll eventually get so hungry that you’ll end up binge eating. And that’s where the weight comes back.
The sole purpose of crash diets are to help you lose weight quickly, in an unhealthy way might I add, but not to maintain it. That’s what you should strive for. Don’t just strive to lose weight; strive to maintain it. I mean what’s the point of losing weight when you’re just going to gain it all back anyway?
The other path to these types of diets leads to an eating disorder. For some, especially ones with obsessive personalities, it’s not just a diet; it becomes a way of life. Soon, the person won’t even know that hunger feels like because their body’s signals are completely off.
So instead of severely restricting your caloric intake for a short period of time make it a habit to eat consistent, balanced meals. Everyone’s body is different so a diet that works for one person may not work for another. Just try to get all of your daily nutrients. It will take a little longer to see results, but health is all about patience.