In the world we live in today, patience does seem to becoming a rare commodity. In a generation where easy credit and futuristic gadgets have become the norm, there has been big changes in the way we eat. Changes to family life (more families with two parents working) and longer working habits have hit our staple diet hard. An age of endless fast food joints, junk food diets and processed convenience foods have emerged as a result. People want, expect and demand things instantly in today’s world, and weight loss is no different.
Our modern culture that gave birth to reality television, is more obsessed than ever.with celebrities and the way we look. So called Hollywood diets, fad diets and crash diets have never been so popular, but how do they compare to a healthy diet and lifestyle?
Crash diet plans and weight loss programs are often accompanied by a sensational headline which promise a lot of weight loss in a short amount of time (lose 3 stone in 60 days etc.). The good news is that in a lot of cases you will experience rapid weight loss if you stick to a strict crash diet in the early days. However the bad news is that this will mainly be down to lost fluids from the body, the moment you resume eating properly (rather than starving yourself), then the weight will return.
The majority of crash diets involve making drastic changes to your diet, making them very hard to stick too. They generally do not supply you with enough calories or nutrients to feel full and satisfied throughout the day. You can often feel very tired, lack energy and feel very unhappy while following a crash diet. Any diet that you follow must be realistic and provide with enough food and sustenance to function properly.
People tend to view a crash diet as a short term solution to their weight problems. If they manage to stick to the diet long enough to achieve their weight loss goals, they tend to revert back to their old habits (the ones that made them overweight to start with). Changing your eating habits should be about educating yourself to eat more healthy on a regular basis. Introduce a couple of small changes and continue with them until they become a habit, then introduce a couple more and take it from there. Trying to change too much in one go is a sure-fire recipe for failure.
Crash diets are more dangerous, the longer that you remain on them. Starving yourself can leave you prone to binge and emotional eating. You will not have enough energy to concentrate or function properly and your sleep will be effected. Your general mental and physical well-being can be severely compromised, (you could end up feeling miserable all the time).
Working towards a more healthy lifestyle is the right option, and can have a really positive impact on your health and self esteem. You may not experience those amazing initial results, but the weight loss you experience is likely to be permanent. With permanent weight loss, slow and steady always wins the race.