A fad/crash diet is a trendy weight-loss plan that promises dramatic results. There are hundreds of bad fad diets out there that promise to melt off the weight without effort. However, they all have one thing in common – they don’t work and can be bad for your health.
Most often these diets require radical changes to eating patterns which are not healthy, practical, or affordable in the long-term, which means they become unsustainable.
Types of fad diets
1)Diets that focus on meal replacement shakes
Examples of these diets comprises low calorie meal replacement shakes which are expensive and may cause side effects.
Diets that Focus on a few foods or food groups
Examples include the grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, extremely strict vegan and raw food diets, and low carb diets. Eating the same food or food groups limits the kind of nutrients your body needs.
Examples of these diets are liquid only cleanses which replace solid foods. These diets have no grounding in science, and your liver and kidneys do an excellent job cleansing your body for you.
How crash diets harm your health
All crash diets end up harming your health and possibly even your heart.
Firstly, research suggests rapid weight loss can slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain.
Secondly, crash diets can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and arrhythmias (irrregular heart beat). Long-term calorie-cutting can also eventually lead to heart muscle loss and increase your risk of heart disease.
The bottom line
There’s no magic secret that will cause you to burn dozens of kilos instantly. Don’t risk the dangers and failure of a bad fad diet that doesn’t work!