Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Dangers of Crash Dieting

Most uneducated people will believe there is a quick and easy way to lose weight, through a method known as "crash dieting".

A crash diet is when one willfully restricts their nutritional consumption except for water for more than 12 waking hours. Now some of you may ask, why would someone do that? Well the theorized goal behind crash dieting is that the body will burn fat for energy instead of using the food energy you would have normally had from eating regularly. This leads to weight loss, however at the cost of many bodily risks and dangers. Muscle loss can also be experienced, where the body eats up muscle tissue for fuel instead of fat. Additionally, you're health and nutrient needs will suffer, causing a plethora of problems including extreme fatigue, dizziness, slower cognitive function and generally being more unpleasant. This method of weight loss is extreme and dangerous, and is not recommended by medical doctors or institutions. So next time you hear of crash dieting, don't believe it. There is no easy way to weight loss, but the sure and effective way is too stay healthy and not suffer bodily harm while still shedding the pounds.

Also note that, crash dieting isn't the same as intermittent fasting, in which the individual periodically abstains from food every other day. They are different entirely.

I hope this article helped inform you about the dangers of crash dieting.

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