You’ve seen them everywhere: in online banners, popular magazines, and all sorts of promotional media. Crash diets sell that wonderful ‘if only it were true’, instant, overnight solution, that you, too, can lose weight with little to no effort, in little to no time. If you’ve ever considered such a diet, the time to stop, look ahead and reconsider is right now. Crash diets promote nothing but an unhealthy lifestyle, binge eating, the yoyo weight effect, and lots of pointless heartbreak. In other words, if you don’t want to put on more weight than the one you’re trying to lose, forget about crash dieting. Here is why it does not work—nor will it ever.
1. are poor in macronutrients.
Fruit- and vegetable-juice based diets, cabbage soup diets, citrus fruit diets—there’s even a diet based on nothing but cookies, and the nutritious properties of cookies are not exactly stellar. There is a crash diet featuring just about any particular food imaginable, and therein lies the first major issue with such regimens. By promoting the excessive ingestion of massive amounts of one food alone, crash diets deprive your body of all the other nutrients. By eating nothing but cabbage soup for one week, you will essentially starve yourself of protein, lipids and many useful carbs that your body requires in order to stay functional and healthy.
2. Crash diets block your metabolism.
A consequence of the above-mentioned point is that, when gravely deprived of the essential nutrients, the human metabolism literally goes into starvation mode. That is, its first reaction is to assimilate as much as it can, and retain whatever sugars, fats, and protein you are feeding it. These substances are not transformed into energy, which the body uses as its ‘fuel’. On the contrary, they are preserved as fat, which the metabolism employs in order to save your body from starvation. What is more, the metabolism will also melt away whatever muscles it may find, in order to find the energy it requires to keep going.
3. Crash diets are based on myth, not science.
Certain foods definitely do have distinctive, beneficial properties. Some species of fatty fish, such as salmons, contain the useful fatty acids termed Omega 3. Most berries and forest fruit abound in antioxidants, which maintain the elasticity of one’s skin. However, cabbage, akai berries, and all other ‘miracle foods’ which are supposed to help you burn fat overnight are nothing but old wives’ tales. In actuality, no one single food can effectively ‘melt away’ excess fat, if they are not consumed as part of a complex, balanced diet, or in conjunction with an active lifestyle.