He wasn’t done with “crash diets.” Nope, not even close.
In fact, he tried the same meal replacement diet TWO more times. Both times, he lost a bunch of weight, only to gain it all back again.
And he hasn’t been able to lose any weight ever since…
His story is not unlike that of many Americans. They hop from one crash diet to another, until they eventually give up…
And like I said, I don’t want you to fall victim to it too…
So let’s talk about why crash diets don’t work, and how they can be harmful to your health…
Why Crash Diets Don’t Work
Water weight loss
Up to 60% of an adult human body is WATER.
And often, much of the weight lost from crash dieting is water.
If you’re thinking, “Any weight is good weight!” then hold on a second…
Because as your body gets rehydrated again with water, all that weight will come back on.
They aren’t sustainable
You can’t stay on a crash diet forever…so what happens when you get off?
For most people, they return to their old unhealthy diets…the same diets that made them put the weight on in the first place.
And so, they tend to put weight back on quicker than those who follow a healthy, long-term diet plan.
Your habits don’t change
Mate, we are our habits. If you followed around a healthy, fit person for a few days, you’d notice that they have healthy habits. Eating well, exercising, etc.
And if you followed an unhealthy, overweight person, you’d likely find the opposite…
The problem with crash diets is that even if you lose weight and appear healthy, you still have the same habits of an unhealthy person.
Those habits will catch up with you, and the weight will pile back on…
You need to fix the foundation if you don’t want things to crumble later on…
How Crash Diets Can Harm Your Health
So, not only do crash diets NOT work very well…but they can also be very harmful to your health. How?
Your metabolism gets out of whack
We gain weight when we eat more calories than our bodies can use.
So, by restricting calories dramatically on a crash diet, you should lose weight…right?
Not so fast…
You see, when you consciously cut down calories (and feel hungrier), your brain catches on, and lowers your metabolism to match your reduced intake.
So, as you painstakingly cut down on calories, your body finds ways to use less calories…
And at the same time, it ramps up hormones that increase your appetite and drive you to eat more at every meal…
That’s why our friend John started seeing slower and slower weight loss over time. His body adjusted…
But when you stop the crash diet, your metabolism doesn’t immediately return to normal. Sometimes it can take up to a year or more.
The result? You’ll gain more weight by eating the same way you did before the crash diet.
You miss out on essential nutrients
Low-calorie crash diets are usually very restrictive – and often, many healthy foods are restricted.
And so, you can experience severe nutrient deficiencies as a result of eating a poor variety of foods. Many crash dieters are at risk for:
- Iron deficiency
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
- Potassium and sodium deficiency
If deficiencies like thesebecome long-term, you can experience weaker bones (higher risk of osteoporosis), anemia, and severe heart issues (and increased risk of heart attack).
NOT good mate…
They affect your emotional health
When your body doesn’t get the nutrients it needs for energy, you’ll start feeling irritable, tired, and lethargic.
If this prolongs, you can experience more serious emotional problems like depression and eating disorders.
And then, there’s still the social effect of crash diets…
Take John’s example again. With a no-food, all meal replacement diet, he wasn’t able to enjoy the social aspect of dining with friends and family. That kind of isolation is awful for mental health…
It’s clear that crash diets are a bad solution if you’re chasing fat loss. That’s because there’s no “quick fix”. It will take some work and dedication on your part…
But mate, I’m not going to leave you hanging without a good way to get started with healthy weight loss.
So in a few days, I’ll tell you about a healthier way to achieve your fat loss goals without resorting to harmful crash diets.
(It’s probably A LOT simpler than you might think…)
“100% Focus on Happiness”
That is my mantra, and it starts with phenomenal health. Start your improved health and weight loss now!
Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.