Useless Crash Diets

Most people want things done fast. This explains why crash diets are very popular. But often there is a cost to pay, which you may not fully realize.

Here’s what most crash diets do – they limit calories. This is because of the belief that calories get added to your body as fat.

Of course, it is true that calories that are not metabolized will be stored eventually as fat. But on the other hand, without sufficient calories in your body, you would feel listless and lethargic throughout the day.

Closely connected to low calorie diets is the single food diet. We all know that some foods contain more calories than others (think ice cream, chocolates, pasta, cakes and desserts). So single food diet advocates push for elimination of all high-calorie foods and suggest eating only low-cal foods.

They would have you believe that foods low in calories are good for you because you will not put on weight when eating them. So if you stick to, say a fruit diet, you will definitely lose weight. There are also other single food diets like the protein diet, where you eliminate carbohydrates and fats altogether.

But these single food diets will backfire in the long run. This is because of two simple reasons. First, even low-calorie diets contain calories so if you do not metabolize the calories you put into your body, you will still put on weight. Second, single food diets can pose a danger to your health because they deprive your body of certain essential macronutrients.

That brings me to this third example of a bad crash diet – the crash diets lacking in a type of macronutrient. Take the protein crash diet as an example. Eating only protein will result in weight loss, but it will be detrimental to your health in the long run.

Proteins are made up of amino acids and some amino acids taken in excess over long periods will do damage to your vital organs. For example, homocystein is an amino acid that can be detrimental to your heart if taken in excess.

How about liquid diets and special shakes that fill the stomach so that you do not feel as hungry? I wouldn’t advocate these either because sooner or later you will feel hungry again and you tend to eat more to make up for it.

Furthermore, liquid diets do not put your stomach to work much in digestion. This means that your metabolic rate will continue to remain low, which is the major reason why you gained weight in the first place.

In other words, liquid diets although they help you control your appetite and cravings, do not really address the cause of weight gain.

In conclusion, most crash diets leave a lot to be desired. They are just marketing ploys that have no real research backing them up and thus no genuine results to show. Losing weight should be done the right way, although it may be hard. But when weight loss is done the right way, it is extremely rewarding.