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Why you should never, ever go on a crash diet

 



These side-effect warnings will make you think twice about impulsive ideas on weight loss, writes Gayathri Das. 

One golden point to consider when you think of a “crash diet” is: you have gained all your weight over the years and reducing that in a few weeks could be dangerous. These side effects of going on a crash diet could make you rethink.

Deficiencies

If you follow a low-calorie diet for quick weight loss for a function, you are damaging your system by not providing it with proper nutrients. You will have deficiencies in Vitamin B12, iron and calcium. The result of such deficiencies is a loss of hair, low immunity and fragile bones.

Stone risk

The gall bladder produces digestive juices to break down the food to help digestion. If you are on a crash diet you end up eating very little food, and the gall bladder will not have to do its job of producing these juices, which gradually will harden as stones. This will need medical attention, taking you through pains.

Muscle mass loss

It’s a misconception that you will lose fat when you are on a crash diet. The reality is you might end up losing your muscle mass, which is not a good sign. Muscle loss directly lowers your metabolism rate too. A low-calorie diet also affects your thyroid hormones which can be a serious issue. You may also face constipation, fatigue and dehydration.

So, always lose weight at a slow and steady pace. If you go at a slow pace with a healthy living style, your weight loss tends to be maintained for a longer period of time. Make sure you consume a balanced diet.