A crash diet is a diet, which is extreme in its nutritional deprivations, typically severely restricting calorie intake. It is meant to achieve rapid weight loss and may differ from outright starvation only slightly. It is not meant to last for long periods of time, at most a few weeks.
Some of the consequences of this diet are a shortage of fibers, calories and other healthy nutrients. Because of this, your digestion system and metabolism will work slower, your muscle tissue will start to diminish and you will have less energy. These are the most common effects of such a diet. What most people don’t know is that when you starve your body, it enters survival mode. Now your body will produce hormones to store fat and it will lower the amount of hormones that break down fat. When your body is in this mode, it tries to store as much fat as possible. This is what causes the well-known yoyo effect.
This circle can be a malefactor for people who are trying to lose weight. Even though they eat less, they just keep gaining weight. This makes them eat even less, but to no avail. Not only is this bad for their body, but it also leads to dwindling motivation, which causes many people to think they are incapable of losing weight.
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A few tips before you try to lose weight:
Measure your fat percentage; strive to lower your fat percentage instead of eating fewer calories, and form new habits instead of going on a temporary diet.