For whatever reason, many people want to lose weight, and most of them want to lose weight fast. This is why fad diets continue to prosper in spite of the fact that health experts have been advising against them for years. In your efforts to lose weight, one of the first questions you need to address is whether quick weight loss methods are indeed worth your while.
It is true that crash diets and other quick weight loss plans help you lose considerable weight in a very short period of time. However, they often do not give you long-term weight loss results. What's worse is that it may undermine your health and lead to more weight gain in the long run. Why is this so? Let's take a closer look at crash diets to understand how our body reacts to it.
Crash dieting generally involves drastically cutting down on your daily food intake. As a result, you body does not get enough food, which makes your natural survival instincts kick in. Your body then enters what is known as "starvation mode" wherein your metabolic rate deliberately slows down in order to conserve energy. Therefore, your crash diet will make you burn less fat in the long run.
You may argue that this is perfectly fine since you have already lost a significant amount of weight in the first couple of weeks anyway. What you need to understand is that your body burns only a maximum of two pounds of stored fat each week. Any weight loss you experience beyond two pounds in a week is therefore a loss of your body's water content, or even worse, a loss of muscle mass.
Muscle helps your body burn more calories, and the more muscles you have, the more calories your body tends to burn. So, you see, crash diets do not only slow down your metabolic rate, but they also make you lose muscle tissues that are very important in burning more calories. This is why you tend to regain weight quickly when you rely solely on crash diets. A much better option would be to stick to a sustainable dieting plan that will help you lose weight and stay healthy at the same time.