crash dietingTo Crash Diet or Not?

Many of those crash dieting will limit their food intake to skim milk, maybe a few bananas and some vitamins. This will in no way supply all the nutrition for a healthy lifestyle and usually contributes to the yo-yo effect of weight loss. A person may lose four or five pounds while crash dieting and at the end of their time limit will eat substantially more due to extreme hunger, gaining usually more weight than they lost, resulting in another period of crash dieting lasting even longer than the first time.

Just like a car crash, crash dieting can be hazardous to your health, if done on a consistent basis with the intent of losing weight for the long term. Most doctors and nutritionists will never recommend crash dieting for any reason, but occasionally people feel the need to lose a little weight in a hurry and starve their bodies in hopes of dropping a few pounds quickly to fit into a certain outfit by the time their class reunion rolls around in a few short weeks.

Common Crash Dieting Diets

Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, by Robert Atkins, MD

The Beverly Hills Diet, by Judy Mazel

The Zone Diet by Barry Sears, Ph.D.

Dieting with the Duchess ,by Sarah, Duchess of York and Weight Watchers

Eat More, Weigh Less by Dean Ornish, MD

The Grapefruit Diet

There are many suggestions for crash dieting that are claimed to help with rapid weight loss such as an all soup diet, or having nothing but juice or water with fat burning pills. However, if people are going to go on a crash diet, they should understand how to keep their body well-fed while the losing the weight in the short term.

The Length Of The Crash Diet Should Be Limited

Most nutritionists caution that if a person is going to go on a crash diet, it should never last longer than three to five days and should include some foods that will help the body shed the pounds they are trying to get rid of. Salads for example will not cause weight gain, unless there are a lot of fat-laced toppings included, such as high fat dressings along with cheese, meats and other items. While eating plain lettuce is not necessary, when crash dieting having a low or no calories salad can help the dieter feel full.

Fresh fruits such as strawberries or kiwi can help stave off the need for sweets while crash dieting and will also contribute to the feeling of not being hungry. The fat intake should be limited to 20 or 25 grams a day as well as reducing the number of calories. Limiting starch is also a god idea when crash dieting for a few days, but not when dieting for an extended period of time.

There are hundreds of books, articles and experts that propose multiple strategies to help you along in your quest to loose weight. The concern with most of these and other diet plans is making sure key nutrients are provided on a routine basis.

If You’re Going To Crash Diet Then Follow A Few Safety Tips:

1. Take a multivitamin-mineral supplement that provides at least 100 percent of the RDA.

2. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water every day, more if you’re following a high protein plan.

3. Stop the diet if you feel dizzy, develop headaches or experience any other discomfort.

Be smart about weight loss and look for ways to incorporate healthy changes that will eliminate the need for diets in your life.

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