Although we think that crash diets are not the best way to lose excess fat and keep it off, it is still true that these diets can help you lose weight fast and most importantly, in a short period of time, often in a few days. However, the most essential part of a crash diet is to find the one which is best for you. This means the one which will provide enough vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and make you feel well at the same time. Keep in mind that most crash diets can have negative effects to your health if you follow them for a longer period of time.
Which crash diets are most popular?
We have made a selection of a few crash diets which are considered popular, but at this time, we won’t give many details about all of them. So, some of the most popular diets which promise you’ll lose up to 10 pounds in a few days are:
- The HCG Diet
- The Grapefruit Diet
- The Lemonade Diet
- The Master Cleanse Diet
- The Juice Diet
- The Cabbage Soup Diet
These are diets actors and models, or patients before a surgery, use to lose weight quickly. For example, Beyonce managed to lose 20 pounds with the help of the Lemonade diet.
What are the side effects of crash diets?
1. Gaining more weight than before. Most of these diets are known as “yo-yo” diets, which means that the weight you lose comes back quickly when you stop following the diet plan.
2. Losing muscles. Due to low intake of nutrients, the body starts to leave fatty tissue, and starts to use muscle tissue to survive.
3. Negative effects to the cardiovascular system and internal organs. These diets are simply too bad for the blood vessels, and may potentially lead to arteriosclerosis, heart attack, diabetes, high-blood pressure. Rapid weight loss also leads to kidney and gallbladder problems, so you have to be very careful and stay on the diet as recommended.
So, think about crash diets as a quick fix when you need to lose a few pounds quickly, not as a long-term weight-loss plan. If you decide to start with any of the crash diets we have mentioned it is advisable to consult a doctor or a dietitian first. By doing this you can prevent possible health problems and complications.