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Skip the Diet, Just Eat Healthy!
I’m sure that you have been there and done that right? You have weight that you want to lose and would try any quick fix in order to get the results you want. Fad or crash dieting never really got you any long term results, right? Are you really going to drink meal replacements shakes for longer than 30? Sure you might lose some weight right off the bat but than your weight loss kind of plateaued? After the 30 days, the weight that you have lost is mostly water weight, weight from not having solid food in your tummy, and a decrease of muscle mass. I have tried a 30 day crash diet that including 2 meal replacement shakes and one healthy meal a day. I lost some weight right away but when the 30 days were over, I had gained back half of the weight that I had lost. This really wasn’t the results I has looking for. Did you experienced this to?
4 Reasons Why Crash Diets Don’t Work
1. Crash Diets Only Work Temporary
Temporary results is really what you are going to get when you start a quick weight loss diet such as SlimFast, Beach Body, or Isagenix. Yes, you lose weight right away, but it will not give you lasting results. While in might be convenient to just grab a meal replacement shake, than lack fiber. You will be hungry a hour later. It will be likely that you will have an increased tendency to binge eat because you will be hungry all the time. Once you are done with the 30 days of this restrictive diet filled with liquid shakes, you will need to go back to eating real food again. Many people go back to the unhealthy ways that they were eating to begin with and will not continue to loss weight.
2. They Aren’t Good for You
Crash diets really aren’t the best choice for your overall health. Most of these diets lack some essential nutrients. They deprive you body of needed calories. These diets rely on a huge decrease in your calorie intake in order to give you results. They put your body in a starvation mode. This puts stress on your body and increases the cortisol levels in your body and also decreases you metabolism. You can lose muscle mass due to nutrient stores being taken from your muscles instead of the fat that you want to lose. Mentally they can also be quiet tough on you and your mental health. The fact that you are hungry all the time can be quite a challenge. Besides the one meal a day that you are allowed, all you have are shakes. “Do I want chocolate, vanilla, or berry?”, not much variety. During the diet that I was on, I would be drinking a shake for dinner when all I really wanted was grilled chicken and some veggies. Why deprive yourself of this?
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3. They Don’t Encourage Exercise
Crash diets are just that. They focus on decreasing you total daily calories by decreasing the amount of calories that you consume. But what about exercising? Many do not focus of this. Some even have “cleansing” days in which they advise you not to exercise at all on those days. Exercise is very important to burning fat and calories. Exercise is very beneficial to your body. In order to lose weight the healthy way, exercise is essential. For more on why exercise is so great, check out this other article of mine.
4. Many are Very Restrictive
These diets that involve meal replacement shakes are very specific on what you eat and when. They can be restrictive and not allow certain foods or allow you to only eat one meal per day. This can cause an increase of food cravings, provide unhealthy habits, and be emotionally straining. Not being able the have the foods that you want (not even in moderation) can cause binge eating of those foods that you are missing. It can create unhealthy habits such as skipping meals. These diet are no fun! Many can leave you hungry for much of the day, give you headaches, make you feel dizzy, and even leave you left craving you favorite meal. Why drink a special weight loss shake when you could have a healthy meal instead?
What to do Instead of a Crash Diet
Although it may be tempting to look for that “quick fix” diet, don’t do it! This is all it is, a quick fix. You will be disappointed with the results. You will re-gain a good percentage of the weight you just struggled to lose. Furthermore you will be subject to poor eating habits that you developed during this restrictive diet.
Instead of these special diets, what you need to do is just eat healthier and more mindfully. To loss weight, it is recommended to increase you protein intake and decrease the amount of total carbohydrates for during the day. You should decrease your calories intake but not in the extreme nature that these crash diets typically do. 1200-1600 calories is a healthy amount of calories to aim for while trying to lose weight. If you are not sure what you should be eating, check out this post on Clean Eating. Along with eating healthy, you will need to start an exercise plan. Exercising for 30 minutes per day for 5 days out of the week is a great start! If you aren’t sure what an exercise plan is, you can follow these 5 Steps to Lose Weight.
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