The most common negative effect of crash diets is the rapid weight gain that takes place once you are off the diet and at times even when you are on the diet. This is due to the change in metabolism that your body goes through while you are crash dieting. While on crash diet, your body does not receive enough calories that needs to be burnt and so adjusts itself to burning lesser amount of calories. After the initial weight loss, crash dieters hit a weight loss plateau, a point where they start gaining rather than losing weight. Thereafter, due to the body’s adjusted metabolism, it becomes increasingly difficult for you to lose weight.
The body is being deprived of the essential nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, calcium and minerals that leads to the crash dieter becoming malnutritioned. This can also lead to the weakening of the immune system, development of gallstones, hair loss and cholesterol related disorders.
Most crash dieters who follow crash diets to lose weight fast are known to develop eating disorders like untimely food cravings, anorexia, binge eating at night and bulimia which may lead to the development of a number of other disorders.
The development of osteoporosis is more common among women crash dieters than men crash dieters. Women are as it is susceptible to developing osteoporosis in the menopausal phase of their lives and dieting makes them even more prone to it due to the weakening of bones caused by calcium deficiency.
Muscle and Tissue Loss
Crash dieting causes the fat to be stored and the muscles are burned instead of the fats and calories. This causes a great deal of muscle loss and loss of tissues around organs like the brain, kidneys and the liver.
Dieting also speeds up the process of aging. You will notice signs of aging on your skin like sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles early on.
Other Physical Damages
Some other serious crash diets effects include electrolyte imbalance, low blood cell count, development of cardiovascular system disorders and organ damage.
MENTAL EFFECTS OF CRASH DIETING:
The number one mental effect that “Crash Dieters” will get is Depression.
The depression is caused because their effort fails to deliver the desired hormones and because of the lack of dopamine and serotonin produced by carbohydrates. Depression is also accompanied by lethargy, tiredness, mood swings and irritability. Crash dieters are also known to complain about lack of concentration and confidence in them.
Please remember there are no “short cuts” to losing weight and getting your body into shape. Short cuts are just that, “Short term” they are not to meant last for very long. Like crash dieting and diet pills. If you want long term result for your body, you have to Physically put in the work and put your body into the right workouts. And having will power and stick to eating healthy.
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