Crash dieting: Short-lived outcome, far more risks, according to expert
Before summertime and the many events and special occasions, many people often look to lose weight as quickly as possible. But crash diets have serious longterm side effects.
Overall, there is a widespread fascination with celebrities and how they maintain their newsworthy physiques.
Numerous weight loss programs claim to be a “quick fix,” promising to instantly rid the body of any unwanted fat without exercise.
While being often successful in losing weight quickly, these plans entail a very heavy cost to the health and overall wellbeing. Any effectiveness they might have is often cancelled out by permanent health problems, such as future illness.
The results of crash dieting are short-lived at best, and never outweigh the risks associated with it.
In this video published by popular YouTube channel Howcast, Dr. Allegra Broft, a psychiatrist from New York, affiliated with the New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, explains the risks and side effects of severe dieting.
In this regard, she talks about a study conducted during the 1940s, the Minnesota Semi Starvation Experiments, where conscientious war objectors were allowed to enroll in a research protocol in which they were put on a crash diet.
They were severely restricted from food to the point of losing about 25 percent of their body weight. Although in the beginning they were not affected by any sort of eating problems, after the experiment, the men were obsessing about food all the time, exhibiting obsessionality around food that we see in patients with anorexia nervosa.
Anyone interested in a helpful loss weight program should remember that working with a nutritionist to develop a daily sustainable pattern, with an adequate nutritional value and a good balance of different food types, is the surest way to develop lifelong patterns of healthful eating.
Finding a method to achieve gradual weight loss will not only be sustainable for longterm goals, but will also have no negative impacts, allowing the weight to stabilize in a healthful place.