Dangers of Crash Diets Mini Wellness Lesson
Food Becomes the Enemy • Crash dieting can decrease a person’s metabolism rate • bone density • muscle strength • efficiency of the immune system. Don’t go on a crash diet during cold and flu season.
The Yo-Yo Effect • Your body's own metabolism causes the yo-yo effect. When you go on a crash diet, your body thinks you're starving. It responds by lowering your metabolism to burn fewer calories. When you start eating again, you'll gain weight even more easily, and it could take months or years for your body to readjust. • When you participate in multiple cycles of crash dieting, your body begins to break down muscle faster than fat. The more weight you lose on a starvation diet, the more your metabolism slows. The slower your metabolism, the more weight you gain when you start eating again. Crash dieting can easily become a never-ending cycle of rapid weight loss followed by rapid weight gain.
It Simply Doesn’t Work! So What Does Work? It’s impossible to stay on a crash diet and it’s illogical to make temporary changes in our eating habits when we want permanent weight loss. What does work is eating well, being active and listening to our bodies. Next Month… Working on Financial Wellness for the Holidays