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Crash Dieting

Chloe Brown, Business Manager

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   The idea of looking perfect and achieving that in the shortest time possible with the least amount of effort is what we as a society and more so teenagers often are known to try to achieve. Unattainable standards of fitness, beauty and body image portrayed on social media platforms, especially by those influencers and celebrities who swear by certain sponsored diet products influence these trends. This also happens to be the basic premise/definition of a crash diet.

  Crash dieting is when you limit your diet and caloric intake to an unsustainable level, and while it has some instant gratification benefits of losing weight quickly, it is not long-lasting, and it can be very detrimental health wise to the body. Which is a sentiment many similar authors of crash dieting articles seem to agree. “Crashing” in terms of dieting means something different to everyone,  but generally it is defined as cutting down many everyday foods and restricting what you consume, some directing you to only consume 500-1,000 calories a day.

To put things in perspective, you are normally advised to eat a standard of 2,000 calories a day. Some examples of these diets are Detox Juice Cleanses, the Cabbage Soup Diet, Keto Diet, the Grapefruit diet, and the Hollywood Diet just to name a few.

These methods of weight loss though are not always miraculous in the way you’d expect.  Crash diets, beside being unsustainable lifestyles, also pose health risks according to Dr. Julianne Berry of the London Doctors Clinic who spoke to Cosmo UK listing: dehydration, kidney problems, lower metabolism, immune system and muscle deterioration, hair and nail problems due to lack of nutrients, and heart issues/high blood pressure and cholesterol as possible side effects. For example, the Hollywood Diet is said to make you lose 10 pounds in 48 hours through drinking special botanical juice blends for purchase, but then what do you do after those two initial two days? If you do lose weight that way and you go back to eating normal, you will most likely automatically gain it back. On the flip side though, you can’t keep losing weight at that rate without either two things happening: your metabolism slowing down causing you to stop losing weight anyway or you continuing to lose weight too rapidly. According to a 2016 study conducted based on contestants from the TV show,  The Biggest Loser, calls this type of slenderization yo-yo dieting and weight loss.

  Besides being a detriment to your physical health, it is also linked to poor mental health as crash diets can blur the line between being stubborn and restrictive in order to follow a specific diet protocol and the forming of an eating disorder or having an unhealthy relationship with food. Once you fall down that rabbit hole, it may be hard to reenter a healthy cycle of balanced nutrition.

  So, just like anything, the conclusion that can be made is that moderation and structural balance are key in any healthy lifestyle especially when it comes to diet. As according to U.S. Health News 95 percent of diets fail so why not instead of starving ourselves for perfection temporarily instead choose the path of healthy, gradual progress.


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