They are called “crash” diets for a reason. You eventually crash and burn, turn to unhealthy foods full of refined sugar, salt, white flour and other weight gain boosters, and put back all the weight you lost. Sometimes you add additional weight. There are several reasons why you should never rely on a crash diet for weight loss. Unfortunately, these types of restrictive diets can lead to some pretty impressive weight loss numbers in the beginning.
So people think, “Wow! I am losing weight like never before. This is great. I’m going to stick to this diet.” That is a mistake. What is happening is your body in the beginning of a crash diet has not decided whether or not this is a speed-bump in your eating behaviors, or if it is something you’re going to do long term. Eventually, after somewhere around 5 to 10 days, your body recognizes this as a habitual eating pattern.
The problem is, crash diets are very restrictive.
They drastically cut the amount of protein, fats, carbohydrates and nutrition you give your body. So your body tells itself, “Okay, I guess is this is the way we are going to eat from now on. Since I am getting nowhere near the nutrition I need on a daily basis, I am going into starvation mode.”
If you want to lose weight, starvation mode might sound very sexy. This might sound like something that is exactly what you are looking for. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is because during starvation mode, your body recognizes that you haven’t been getting all of the wonderfully healthy nutrients, minerals and vitamins you need for all your body processes to work properly.
When it sees this happening, it begins to store anything and everything you do take in. Unfortunately, this drastically slows down your metabolism, leading to weight gain. Your body is deprived of essential nutrients, so every carbohydrate your body does receive on these restrictive and unhealthy crash diets is hoarded obsessively, and stored as fat for energy use later.
This makes weight loss difficult to impossible.
Healthy weight loss should be gradual. You should be able to consistently lose a small amount of weight every few days and do so without depriving your body of nutrition. If you trim your calories and simple carbohydrates by 15% to 25%, without limiting the amount of healthy foods you eat such as fresh vegetables and fruits, you can sustain this eating behavior. This means healthy weight loss now and over the long-term, a lifestyle habit that is easy to practice, doesn’t cause unhealthy cravings, and doesn’t deliver the “crash and burn” characteristic of crash diets.
Extra Tips for Weight Loss
Get moving. Just 3 sessions of aerobic activity 20 minutes in duration each week will boost your carb-cutting weight loss. Skip sugar-filled drinks and drink lots of green tea and water instead. Have a 12 to 16 ounce glass of water before meals, and eat mostly raw or steamed veggies and fruits, nuts and berries. Add these steps to your low-carb approach to nutrition and you will maximize your weight loss until you reach your naturally healthy body weight.