It’s nearly bikini season and the panic of having a beach body has set in. Many dieters will turn to crash diets and while they’ll get the immediate results they’re looking for, they’ll soon find that those results don’t last. Once a crash dieter resumes their normal diet the weight is regained and you’re back at square one… again. Not only do crash diets have short-lived results but they are also extremely harmful and taxing on the body.
There’s a reason they’re called “crash diets.” Just like in a car crash, it happens fast and the effects are pretty ugly. Drastically reducing or stopping your food intake puts your body at risk.
Crash diets are harmful to your heart, kidneys, liver, and brain because you often lose lean tissues that provide protection those organs. Also, if you don’t eat enough your body will actually burn the muscle tissue of organs so your body will have sufficient energy to function.
It’s also easy to binge on crash diets, since you’ll experience intense cravings you’re more susceptible to unwanted snacking or ravenous binge eating.
When you don’t eat you become dizzy, uncoordinated, and nauseas. You may develop deficiency in iron, vitamin B1, sodium and potassium. It’s incredibly important that you receive these vitamins and minerals (and more) so your body will function properly. By eliminating or drastically reducing your food intake, you are depriving your body of important nutrients.
Long-term crash dieters can also suffer from osteoporosis, which affects your bones and causes them to become brittle and easy to break. With crash dieting, you are not getting enough nutrients, including calcium. Later in life you might suffer from a broken hip, wrists, or other bones. You may lose your hair, have brittle nails, or dry, grey skin.
The effects of crash dieting seem counter productive to the original goal, which is to lose weight. Since the risks are so numerous and affect both your health and looks, it’s very important to stay away from crash dieting.
Although it takes a bit more planning and dedication, you can still receive a beach body through healthy eating and daily exercise. When on a calorie reducing diet, it is recommended that you reduce to a minimum of 1,200 calories- not less or else deprive your body of the important vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates it needs to function properly.
Your body requires at least 30% of your daily calorie intake to be from fats and there are some good fats such as avocados to choose from. Your body even needs carbohydrates such as whole grains and bran. Add a lot of fresh veggies, fruits, and lean meats with 30 minutes of walking or another form of exercise and you’ll experience a diet that is good for you with long last effects.