When it comes to losing weight, many people tend to do short cuts in order to get faster results. One of the most popular short cut in weight loss is doing crash diet and it has become one of the most highly debated methods in existence today due to its ill effects on the body.
What Constitutes a Crash Dieting?
This diet plan usually involves skipping meals especially lunch and dinner. In Extreme cases, a person skips all meals altogether and only consume water for sustenance. As far as Calorie consumption goes, it is usually under 1000 Kcal for women, or less depending on how little they eat.
The Effects of Crash Dieting:
Weakness and Lethargy
Since the body lacks all the necessary nutrients, it becomes weak and unable to perform even the most basic tasks. Those who crash diet usually feel lethargic and sluggish especially right after waking up, and may sometimes feel muscle pain. One of the things that people do not understand about crash diets is that they do not necessarily force the body to tap into reserved energy sources to maintain status quo.
Very Slow Metabolism
Ceasing to consume any food at all will cause the system to slow down metabolic rate in order to conserve the body’s energy. As a result, almost no weight loss can be expected, which defeats the purpose of dieting in the first place. What’s more is that your metabolic rate is likely to remain very slow for a few weeks or even months after you start consuming food again. Severe Hunger Pangs Consuming very little food over an extended period of time can cause severe hunger pangs that would ultimately result to binge eating or emotional/psychological anxiety. In most cases, the feeling of hunger becomes so unbearable that it keeps the person from getting any good night sleep. In addition, nausea and dizziness may also manifest as a result of an always empty stomach.
Causes Eating Disorders
Many health experts and dietitians advise people against improper dieting as it can cause serious eating disorders such as Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa, and Binge Eating. There is no telling which of these disorders a person would develop if she continues down this disastrous path but it is certainly a gateway to a number of health concerns.
Sudden Weight Gain
At some point, a person who consciously avoids eating would succumb to hunger pangs and other side effects, in which case you will most likely consume large amounts of food to make up for the deprivation. As a result, sudden weight gain can be expected especially since the body’s metabolism has slowed down to a crawl.
Abrupt fluctuations in weight can also result in other complications such as the onset of life threatening diseases, i.e. Type 2 diabetes, coronary problems, and hypertension.
A crash diet is never meant to be a long term weight loss method, nor is it something that women (or men) should try in the first place. For the most part, it does not provide any viable results and its side effects can compromise one’s health in so many ways. Women who are trying to lose weight should elect healthier methods so as not to endanger their physical as well as mental health.