Crash Dieting

Crash Dieting

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A crash diet is a diet which is extreme in its deprivations - typically severely restricting calorie intake. Meant to achieve rapid weight loss, a crash diet differs from outright starvation only slightly. Crash diets are typically unhealthy and are rarely - if ever - recommended by doctors or dietitians. Crash diets can lead to malnutrition, and are not a recommended means of weight loss.


Crash Dieting

After a person discontinues a crash diet, the "yo-yo effect" is often seen. This causes a person to eat far more than normal, causing them to regain both the weight that was lost due to the diet as well as additional weight. This is caused by an evolutionary trait of the human race that historically only took effect in times of famine: after a famine ended, people's bodies naturally craved to regain both the weight that was lost, plus additional weight as well, in order to protect themselves in case of another famine.


Starving your body on a crash diet is not only very unhealthy, but in most cases people who have a rapid weight loss by crash dieting or other unhealthy means usually gain it all back. This is because crash dieting does not help you to change the habits that have led to your weight gain. Instead, take a more gradual approach to weight loss and develop a weight management strategy that you can maintain for a lifetime. This will help you lose the weight, and give you the power to keep it off.


0 # i don't see the problemspeeddemon 2012-03-21 00:01
As long as you don’t plan to live like this forever and you’re just trying to get those pounds of very fast without having to drag out the process, then why not just crash diet, get rid of it, and vow to eat healthier afterward?
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0 # Good when youre on a deadlinechefmel 2012-03-06 03:10
crash diets have a bad reputation, but the fact is that when you've been trying to diet in a healthy way and you have a deadline - like you're going to be a bridesmaid in a wedding - and you have a week left and you know you will look like a sausage in the gown unless you drop ten pounds, then those dramatic starvation crash diets can be great to make sure you look fantastic in the photos. You can always make up for it by being super-healthy afterwards.
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0 # Not the way to gosuzieq 2011-12-18 02:30
Even if you manage to lose weight with a crash diet - and the odds are rather slim that you will in any realistic way - you're doing so only for the short term, and to the detriment of your health and to the future of your dieting success.

Normally, these diets are either useless, or they'll really mess with your metabolism, which makes it harder for you to lose weight in the long run.

Always talk to your doctor about any diet that you plan to start, since you don't want to end up doing more harm than good :)
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0 # sarah 2011-10-11 02:23
The only thing I've ever achieved through crash dieting is the loss of a handful of pounds and then a giant rebound. I think it was my body's way of telling me that crash dieting was very bad for me because I was not only prone to getting more fatty and sugary cravings after a crash diet, but I was also more likely to be even heavier then when I'd started after only a few weeks had passed.
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