Although it may have taken years for a person to have gained the weight they are now at, once they decide to lose weight they want to do it fast. With shows on TV that demonstrate participants losing up to 10 pounds or more in a single week, it is no wonder that many want to know how they can do it at home.
What Exactly Are Crash Diets?
This type of diet is designed to accomplish one thing and that is super fast weight loss. A typical diet might include 1200 to 1800 calories depending on if it is a male or female, their age, height and other factors. But this type of diet often goes to the extreme and those on it try to keep to a daily calorie count of between 500 to 800 calories a day.
If someone on such a diet includes other things such as exercise then they can achieve extreme weight loss results. In some cases, a person could lose 5 – 15 pounds in a single week. In rare cases, they may even lose more than that.
Are Crash Diets Dangerous?
Because of the extreme nature of these diets they can be dangerous. Anyone even thinking about starting such a diet would be well advised to consult with a healthcare professional before doing so. Very often those that decide to go on such a diet do so without understanding all the risk. As for how dangerous it is, that will often be based on each individual and their personal physical situation.
How Crazy Do These Diets Get?
Most people who want to start a diet that is this extreme, often fail to think about what is in their best interest health-wise. All they want to accomplish is losing the weight fast. Those that have the willpower to go to these extreme measures will get some immediate results. But to do so requires the most extreme diet.
An example of an extreme diet would be drinking only lemon water all day, every day for a week. Combining this strategy with lots of exercise, along with putting on a suit designed to make them sweat to lose excess water weight are some examples they may use. This might be a reasonable strategy if its purpose is to lose the weight temporarily for a special event, such as, a high school reunion or some other event where the person really feels they want to look their best for that event.
The problem with these extreme measures is that it tricks the body into thinking food is not available and it activates mechanisms in the body to slow down starvation. This is done in part by slowing the body’s metabolism and storing food as fat to use later when other sources run out.
This works against the person trying to lose weight. With the body’s metabolism slowed the individual will have to consume even fewer calories to continue losing weight. This type of dieting should only be used for temporary weight loss and never as a long-term strategy.