Don't Crash and Burn!
Signs of spring are a-stirring and most
likely starting to nag at you that you haven't started on those weight
loss goals that you set way back at the beginning of the year as part of
your New Year's resolutions. And because you haven’t started yet
or made some half-hearted attempts, I can just bet that your first tendency
is to go off the deep-end and “crash diet.” But that’s the worst thing
you can do!
Why? Because your body freaks out and thinks that
you are starving it to death when you decide that a very low-calorie diet
is the answer to your “getting started” dilemma. Therefore, your current
body metabolism slows down to conserve the resources it has (your body fat,
muscle) in order to survive. This is one of the reasons why you tend to regain
weight when you lose it too quickly.
Another negative to a crash diet is that when you cut
down your caloric intake to less than a 1000 calories a day, about half
of the actual weight loss comes from a loss of protein or muscle tissue
instead of the fat tissue that was your goal in the first place – and actually
increases the percentage of fat in your body! Not exactly the end result
you had in mind, I’m willing to bet.
Other reasons that you may want to rethink the crash
diet is the loss of nutrients and the toll that mineral and electrolyte
imbalances places on the body that can even be life-threatening! The loss
of bone mass is especially detrimental to women since they tend to diet more
frequently than men placing them at higher risk for osteoporosis.
All in all, losing weight too rapidly is just plain
not good sense and should be supervised under your physician’s care. So
if you need to lose weight, do it slowly – you’ll be happier, more
safe and more likely to keep it off in the long run!