Why Crash Diets Make you Gain Weight

Updated: Jan 27, 2019

The way that we diet is broken and you need to fix it before it ruins our health. Fad diets and crash dieting do more harm than good – they ruin your health, restrict what you can eat and put you in combat against your own body. I’m here to bust the myth that crash diets are a good way to lose weight. The truth is, and I would hate to pop your bubble, but, CRASH DIETS CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN. You can finally ditch that weird diet that leaves you lethargic and with stinky breath, coz honey, it’s doing the opposite of what you think it is! What are Crash/Fad Diets?

A crash or fad diet is any diet that restricts your eating too heavily. This might mean you’re eating too little, or it might be cutting out an entire food group (Hence that stinky breath). There are many examples, some of the most popular include protein diets, raw food diets, paleo crash diets, keto and Atkins, any type of cleanse, fasting/starvation diets or really anything below 1200 calories a day that restricts you from eating the foods you would normally eat. Basically, if it’s too restrictive then it’s a crash diet, and if it focuses on things that have nothing to do with your health, it’s a fad. You should be avoiding both. Short-Term: Crashing your Organs

In the short-term, this approach will ruin your health: crash dieting reduces calories sharply. You might have been taught to fear calories but they’re the energy your organs need to keep you alive and kicking! Crash diets basically ‘starve you thin’, meaning worse health and serious damage to your metabolism. This means less weight loss in the long-term and serious risk to your health. Relationships take HARD work

Relationships are delicate things. We all know that we must work hard to maintain relationships with friends, family and colleagues but sometimes forget about some other important relationships in our lives. Believe it or not, we also have a relationship with food, and also with our minds and bodies. It’s important to take the time to nurture this relationship. Think about it, if you and your spouse were having problems with arguing, would just not speaking to each other fix the issue? No. Sure, you won’t be fighting for that short period of time, but once you begin speaking normally again, the problems will still be there, if anything, twice as bad. The same goes for trying to fix your problems by going on crash or fad diets. We get sucked into believing that the diet works as a quick fix, that is going to solve our problems forever. In reality, it isn’t true. If anything it is the complete opposite, causing the issues to become deeper and more complicated. It is actually scientifically proven that fad dieting makes you gain weight in the long run. Long-Term: How Crash Diets Make you Fat

The long-term problem with crash diets and faddish diets are that they produce “yo-yo” dieting habits: you’ll lose 10kgs in a month but, because they’re not sustainable, you’ll gain back that 10kgs as soon as you stop. This has real implications for your health: going back and forth between hard-cutting and re-gaining weight ruins your metabolism and can damage your organs if it becomes a consistent pattern. Research shows that this consistent starvation approach to dieting is going to mean serious health problems as you age, and the tendency to pack on any weight you lost in the first place. How to Change your Diet to be Healthier And BETTER

It’s important to remember that a healthy diet is a lifestyle change – it has to be sustainable. Remember: you have a diet, you shouldn’t be on a diet. You can’t take a short-term approach to the long-term problem of managing your weight and health. No 8-week diet is going to change your body forever – but a diet that you can stick to for 10 years without hating life is a good way to ensure your goals stick! The best approach to a healthier lifestyle and better body is consistency: find an approach that you can stick with. It’s going to make you happier and improve your relationship with both your diet and your body. Sustainable Weight Loss

A maintainable diet is key – you can’t and shouldn’t be trying to survive off of a diet that makes you hate your life or physique. It’s hard to love yourself to start with, and a diet that says ‘no fun, ever!’ is going to make that even harder. Sometimes we forget how much food feeds our soul, and is part of our culture. Food is one of the many joys of everyday life, and it’s crazy to think that some people attempt to cut out their favourite things in an attempt to be happy. It’s a tad contradictory, isn’t it? You’re going to see more success with a gentler approach to dieting that you can sustain for longer. It’s better to be 90% consistent 100% of the time than 100% consistent for a few weeks before you binge and quit! To make this more practical, rather than eating an entire block of chocolate in one sitting, and then feeling shit about it, try your best to promise that you will have a few pieces every day after dinner. This is a much healthier mentality than thinking “Damn it, I have ruined everything so I may as well just eat the entire block now!”. We all know that outcome ain’t getting us anywhere! You’re going to hate yourself for it, feel extremely sick from the overdose of sugar, and try to restrict yourself again, leading you into a never-ending rut! Final Thoughts

Even the science agrees – If you crash diet, you’re more likely to be obese, unhealthy and miserable. Recent studies have shown that only about 5% of people ever even stick to a diet… And crash diets are even worse. There have been studies done which concluded that people who dieted, were more likely to be overweight or have an eating disorder when they checked in with them 20 years later. So there you have it, folks, crash dieting does the opposite of what you were hoping! Let me break it down for you… Crash dieting = gain weight Healthy lifestyle = maintainable weight loss Thank you science for clearing that one up for us! Selling diets as a magical fix to being overweight is very common, and we need to put down are foots (or feet? LOL) and realise that the solution is to change our eating habits and mindset. Your diet should be aimed at improving your life and giving you the nutrients your body needs to look and feel better – rather than feeling like torture! A good diet is a lifestyle change – focus on starting small and improving your diet a step at a time. You can’t rush your body or you’ll do damage, and you’ll do better for being gentle with yourself.