The Unconventional Guide To Crash Diets
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Kaelin Tuell Poulin ‧ Former IFBB Pro athlete and Co-founder of LadyBoss Weight Loss
We’ve all experienced it... that desperation to lose weight and fast! Whether you’re eager to look great for a big event or are just tired of carrying around extra poundage, it may tempt you to resort to some extreme measures to lose weight by jumping to crash diets.
#1. The Cabbage Soup Diet
If you rely on diets to lose weight, you are most likely going to be disappointed. As a matter of fact, two-thirds of individuals who diet actually gain more weight than they lose.
Most people have tried the cabbage soup diet at one point or another. While the exact diet formula and soup recipe vary from one passer-down to the next, the basic gist is this: your diet consists mainly of very-low-calorie cabbage soup and a few extras, such as fruits and veggies, which are only allowed on certain days of the diet.
Sound crazy? It really is.
There’s no magic formula other than the fact that most of the allowed foods and the soup itself are super low calorie. Not to mention the fact that most people are so sick of the soup after a couple of days they’d rather eat anything but.
This temporary diet has been used primarily to kick start a weight loss plan, which hopefully involves more food. Long-term, this diet is unhealthy, unsatisfying, and incredibly likely to lead to an all-out binge- leaving the dieter worse-off than before.
#2. The Mono Diet
FACT: Yo-yo dieting has been shown to be capable of causing damage to blood vessels leading to atherosclerosis and other types of heart diseases.
Mono means 'one' So, as you can imagine, the mono diet comprises eating only one food for a set period. That food can be anything: dark chocolate, popcorn, hot dogs. You name a food, you can guarantee that someone has made a 'mono diet' out of it.
There’s no real theory or scientific support behind mono-diets. They just seem to have popped up on the internet out of nowhere. There are a lot of problems with these so-called diets, as you can probably imagine. To begin with, if a person chooses to 'mono' a high-calorie food, it will end in disaster and weight gain.
Second, eating only one food is a surefire way to deprive the body of necessary nutrients. And, as with the cabbage soup diet, people will either get so sick of the one food they’ve chosen that they’ll stop eating altogether or go on a binge, both of which are dangerous behaviours.
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#3. The Air Diet
The worst diet to make our list is the so-called 'air diet', which is really just a fast track to anorexia. With this 'diet', you mime eating in every way except for the actual eating part.
There is only one rule: Eat nothing but a water and salt soup concoction. The concept comes from Breatharianism, which is the belief that one can live only on energy from sunlight, and do not need nourishment from food. This diet is dangerous and ineffective, and like all the 'diets' on our list, shouldn’t be attempted.
Tip To Remember
Most people know that, but even if they (and you!) do, it’s only normal to be tempted by crash diets that promise quick-fixes. In reality, though, these diets usually end up doing more harm than good, especially when it comes to the world’s worst crash diets.
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FAQs About Crash Diets
Short-term, intense eating plans are considered crash diets — meaning that your weight is likely to rebound after you finish the program.
Research suggests rapid weight loss can slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain, and deprive your body of essential nutrients. What's more, crash diets can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress.
Biologically, dieting can lead to unhealthy changes in body composition, hormonal changes, reduced bone density, menstrual disturbances, and lower resting energy expenditure.
Some people opt for a quicker, more drastic solution: crash dieting. These diets, otherwise known as total diet replacement (TDR) programmes, involve drastically reducing calorie intake to between 800-1,200 calories per day. The usual calorie intake for a woman is 2,000 calories, and for a man it's 2,500 calories.
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