A crash diet is extreme deprivation of various important nutritional requirements that are important to lead a healthy life, typically by restricting calorie intake. The main aim of a crash diet is to lose weight rapidly. However, are crash diets safe? Following a crash diet is almost like standing on the verge of starvation and has serious side effects.
Widely known fad diets, these are followed by overweight people as a fast and safe way to lose weight quickly. While following a crash diet, the body tries to conserve every calorie. Therefore, to lose weight in a quick, safe, and fast way is very difficult. While initially people lose weight, as a side effect, it is usually regained in the following weeks as the person returns to a normal diet. In such cases, the weight lost is quickly regained on the end of the fasting period. This causes the person on the crash diet to revert to the crash diet to try to again lose weight in a quick and fast way, which perpetuates the cycle.
How a Crash Diet Works
Crash diets always seem to work only after a few days of starting the diet. Crash diets, though considered safe and quick, shock the body, with the side effects of sending it into a starvation mode. While following the crash diet, the side effects start when you rapidly lose weight, but instead of losing fat, the body uses its stored supply of glycogen, which eventually causes you to lose water as well, creating the illusion that you are losing weight in a quick, fast, and safe way.
Effects and Side Effects of a Crash Diet
A crash diet, though it is believed to be safe, quick, and fast, makes the dieter moody. The side effects make the person become irritable, tired, and lethargic — leading to depression and eating disorders. The person starts craving food as the body is depleted of essential nutrients. Such diet plans may help you lose weight to some extent, but the side effects will help you gain more weight just as quickly, fast, and in an unsafe way than the crash diet will help you lose weight, causing a yo-yo effect on the weight and serious side effects.
Such diets to lose weight have both long- and short-term health risks as side effects with nutritional deficiency being the most common. Such fast, quick, and thought-to-be-safe methods have side effects including osteoporosis, where calcium leaching from bones occurs due to calcium deficiency. Moreover, crash diets may also cause damage to various vital organs.
Such diets restrict the daily calorie intake with the idea of quick, safe, and fast weight loss. These, in turn, will force you to miss entire food groups and cause deadly side effects.
A healthy alternative to lose weight in a safe, quick, and fast way with no side effects is to lose weight slowly and steadily with a proper planned diet, increasing activity levels, and eating healthy food.
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