Friday, July 10, 2015

Crash Dieting: To Do Or Not To Do?

NOT TO DO! Obviously! There are so many delicious things to eat in the world! How can anybody even think of NOT eating them? How can anybody think of dieting… ANY type of dieting?

That was the foodie within me, expressing screaming out her extreme views on dieting!

See, for me, food is akin to life itself. A taste of good food is a taste of life. It’s like you get to experience the different flavors of life through the variety of food you eat. If you have eaten good food in your life, then you have lived a good life. In short, food is a spiritual thing for me.

I wasn’t always so “enlightened” though.

I have been prone to being overweight since the day I was born. So there have been a few brief phases in my life when I’ve fallen into the trap of “dieting”. (Thankfully, never “crash dieting”!)

Why do I call it a “trap”? Because that’s what dieting is. It is a trap to keep you permanently overweight! And crash dieting is even worse!

Come summers and so many people across the world (especially females) start looking for ways on Google to lose those extra inches fast, so that they can look good in their swimwear. And the wedding season! That’s another time of the year when Google search for the keyword “crash diets” peaks.

Here’s what really happens when you go on a “crash diet”.


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Your body goes into “famine mode”. It is an inbuilt mechanism of the body. If you regularly eat less than what your body requires, it starts believing there is a famine in the area, and so it starts conserving most of what you eat. The body metabolism rate decreases. In simple words, it starts storing more and burning less. And it continues doing this even after your 2-week crash diet is over. So you regain all the fat and weight you lost… PLUS MORE… faster than before!

Not only that, since you don’t get sufficient amounts of fiber, protein, carbs, calcium and other minerals and salts from your food, you start feeling extremely low on energy. You are unable to concentrate. You feel drowsy all the time and irritable. Oh and you also start losing proteins and water from your own body. That means your muscles become weak. (Imagine what will happen if your heart or lung muscles get weak.)

Not good, right?

I realized early on that a week or two of crash dieting really isn’t the healthiest way to lose weight. You need to make it a long-term commitment. You need to work it into your regular schedule… a balanced mix of nutritional food and exercise.

You know what’s the one formula that has worked for me in the past? It’s a simple 3-step program:

  1. First thing in the morning, (i.e. empty stomach) drink a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of honey mixed into it. (If you have more time to plan out your meals, you can also check out this Honey Diet section of Dabur, where you can find other healthy honey recipes.)

  2. Follow it with a 45-minute session of brisk walking and a 15-minute session of Yoga (I mostly did some stretching and back exercises in the latter, including few push-ups.)

  3. Stay happy throughout the day. (I used to do this by singing, something that I have stopped doing for the last few years.)

I followed this program for about 3 months, and I lost around 8 kilograms during that time, feeling more energetic than ever before! I think I seriously need to start on it once more.

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6 comments:

Harini said...

I don't do crash diets. Though they help you lose weight u gain it back that much faster.

the little princess said...

oh yea! agree...agree...agree! and yep vouch by honey too! works well for me!

Shilpa Garg said...

True. Crash diets are not long term propositions. Eating right and healthy and coupled with exercise is what works.

Chicky said...

Exactly, Harini. That is just what happens!

Chicky said...

Honey is quite multi-talented, isn't it, Princess?

Chicky said...

Oh yes, Shilpa! And staying happy... that is so SO important!

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