Say No to Crash Diets

Crash diet“You can lose 20 pounds in two weeks!” Sounds too good to be true, right? Crash diets with drastic and often unrealistic results like these would leave you severely weak and unhealthy. There is nothing healthy about a crash diet and they do not work for safe and effective long-term weight loss.

Many popular fads or crash diets will help you lose weight quickly in the first days or weeks, but your body will soon rebel against the severe of the calorie and dietary restrictions and either shut down or slow down until you replace the foods you are craving. This is what causes that “rebound” weight gain which is often greater than the amount of weight you lost.

Negative effects crash diets also include:

Dehydration, a weakened immune system, the risk of fainting and a slower metabolism which leaves you tired and burns fewer calories. Severe side effects often include heart arrhythmia and palpitations and eventual organ failure starting with kidney failure. A high price to pay for that possible 20-pound rapid weight loss.

Crash diets also have psychological consequences and have been shown to increase your risk of developing dangerous eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. Anorexia and bulimia are serious health disorders and often require clinical treatment.

Crash diets often involve starvation.

Severe restrictions of calories can starve your body of many essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. In the early stages, your body will pull these nutrients from your body starting with stored fat, then muscle and bone. Later, the needed vitamins and minerals are no longer available and you may begin to experience nausea, severe hunger, dizziness, and headaches followed by heart palpitations and arrhythmias.

At this point, your crash diet is now threatening your health.
When your body experiences starvation and deficiencies it reacts with severe cravings to encourage you to eat. At the same time, your body begins to release hormones to save and store any available fat, your body is no longer a fat burning machine, but now a fat storage machine. While you work hard to burn fat and lose weight, your body is working against you to store hold on to that fat.

Safe and healthy weight loss. No magic pills or potions, safe and healthy weight loss involves healthy eating habits that provide you with balanced nutrients your body needs, combined with regular exercise. If maintaining good health while you lose fat and weight is one of your fitness goals, check out The E-Factor Diet. Learn how to choose the right foods in the right combinations to lose weight safely and effectively. 

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