Crash Dieting & Why it is Not Good for You

Crash dieting is a fad that erupted and engulfed everyone especially the younger generation who wanted to lose weight instantly in a short period of time rather than the healthy way which consists of eating everything from each and every food group combining it with ample of exercise.

Even though many doctors and nutritionists have termed crash dieting as a way to kill your body, many companies are selling diet plans with tag lines such as ‘doctor recommended’. No doctor in his right mind would recommend a crash diet.

A crash diet involves skipping meals frequently and when eating, it involves eating small meals which lack nutrition. Often individuals who indulge themselves in a crash diet are well aware of the side effects and still prefer quantity over quality that is would lose weight rather than have a healthy body and internal system.

Crash dieting affects the body and mind in ample of ways:

  1. BINGE EATING: when you skip meals for a long time, you get weary and tired of the routine, whenever you have a cheat meal or eat anything you tend to overindulge yourself which becomes hard to control leading to gaining of weight. When you’ve controlled yourself for too long and see something delicious in front of you, you lose control.
  2. WEAK STOMACH: A body that is used to skipping meals and/or having extremely small portions of food has a weak stomach. When an individual tries eating something in excess the stomach cannot handle it and causes aches and vomiting.
  3. LATHARGY AND LOW ENERGY: By crash dieting one is so used to skipping the major food groups which provide energy that in the long term there is no energy left to perform even the tiniest of tasks such as walking for a bit. This can be disastrous for working men and women.
  4. WEAK MIND: By not having enough carbohydrates and proteins you are slowly destroying the neurons. Both of these food groups are essential to mind building and by taking them out of everyday diet risks having frequent headaches and little or no retention. For students this can affect their performance and their learning capability.
  5. WEIGHT GAIN: Crash dieting is not a long term solution, one cannot keep on missing meals for a long time and in the end has to return to normal eating habits. Often people get tired of crash dieting and return to eating a lot, leading to dire consequences such as unnecessary weight gain.

Even though through crash dieting you can get instant results which may look appealing and alluring at the moment, but in the long term they have hidden consequences which may be hard to reverse back. Fighting nature hasn’t gotten anybody anything and yes, losing weight naturally is time consuming and can get frustrating at times, but it is proven scientifically to be long lasting as well. Psychologically as well you train the mind over time to control eating habit which makes you mentally strong. Eat everything but in smaller portions and exercise every day. Opt for a lifestyle that entails habits which can be carried on for a long time.

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