Crash dieting a dangerous method of losing weight

Weighing-Scales-1Many college students across America feel the need to lose weight for many different reasons, and often do so, with complete disregard to the harmful effects it has on the body, with the use of different crash diets.
Crash dieting is one of the most common, and dangerous, ways to achieve rapid weight loss by cutting out entire food groups.
A crash diet is a diet that is extreme in its nutritional deprivations by severely restricting calorie intake. It is meant to achieve rapid weight loss and pretty much is starvation in a form that is thought to be normal. It is not meant to last for long periods of time, at most a few weeks or until the desired weight has been shed.
Although many people on crash diets do lose weight, over 90% regain the weight they lost within months. The reason for this is that when you go on a diet, your metabolic rate slows down, then when you finish the diet your metabolic rate is still slow. So even though you’ve returned to your old eating habits, your body is in starvation mode and stores all of the calories that you intake throughout the day.
This is how the vicious cycle of rapid weight gain and weight loss begins.
The dieter loved looking thin, and often times can get depressed with the regain of the lost weight, causing them to move on to the next fad diet to lose the weight all over again.
This is not only unhealthy to the body, yet also to the health of the mind and spirit. You can’t just restrict whole food groups without having harmful repercussions, such as high blood pressure, anxiety or insomnia, just to name a few.
There are only two ways to lose weight the healthy way; one is to change your diet, the other is to increase the amount of exercise you do. The best course of action is to combine the two.
Consuming more calories than your body uses will cause the body to store the excess calories in fat cells for future use. Fatty foods contain more calories than any other food, and they are the easiest foods for your body to convert into fat. Funnily enough, ‘fatty food is fattening.’
Some fats are worse than others. Saturated fats, such as those found in dairy products and meat, particularly red meat, are the ones which will clog your arteries and really add to that “spare tire” around your midsection.
Just as important as healthy eating habits, exercise is crucial for a healthy lifestyle.
Jogging, swimming, cycling, football or tennis are a few of the best ways to get your metabolism going. These are all known as cardiovascular exercises, which is the use of oxygen you intake during a workout to speed up the bodies metabolic and energy generating process. These get your blood going and your fat burning, and will also help your sleep schedule and your immune system.
Don’t push yourself at the beginning! Building a workout regiment slowly is key to sustained weight loss. Many people push themselves too hard at the start, cause themselves to get an injury, or simply tire themselves out and give up. By starting slowly and building up to three or four weekly workouts of about 30 minutes each, a person is more likely to stick with a workout routine.
Combining a healthy diet, including foods from all food groups, and daily exercise can help someone achieve the weight they desire, and keep it off for the long haul. Having an overall physically fit body should not be desired just to get the perfect swimsuit body, yet it should be wanted to live a long life of health by changing the lifestyle you live.

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  1. You can use the American Diabetes Association exchange list for meal planning to create a diet plan that works for you. The diets are prepared to fill your caloric needs of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Avoid saturated fats and simple sugars. Try to limit your cholesterol intake and include high fiber and high complex carbohydrates into your diet program.

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