In the quest to get a perfect body spotting a tight and trim six pack abs, one would normally first think of going on an abs diet to lose belly fat. And there is a lot of information out there in “fat loss for idiots” books, free online diet plans and newspaper articles telling you how to lose belly fat with wonderful abs diets that promises to work.
However, you have to be careful what the abs diet calls for and you have to make an educated judgment if these abs diets are ‘fad’. These diets are dangerous and harmful to your body and should be avoided at all costs. Here are 5 dangers that you should take note when going for these bogus flat belly diets:
Firstly, most of these ‘fad diets’ will cause your body to go into a state of starvation. This happens when the diet requires you to restrict your caloric intake. Restricting caloric intake to below the minimum daily requirement needed to sustain normal bodily functions will cause your body to dysfunction.
Our body natural defense when it sense that there is a shortage or irregular intake of food is to store more fat for emergency use. At the same time it will also slow down your body metabolism so as to preserve more energy and the result will be that you will feel lethargic, unable to think and react quickly to situations and weakness of the muscles (just to name a few).
Secondly, when there is insufficient calories supply, the primary victims of energy supply is the layer of fat that protect your internal organs and the protein in your muscle masses. When this happens, you lose weight not because of fat loss underneath the surface of your skin but from the losing of muscle masses.
Thirdly, some of these fad diets can cause malnutrition and may also damage your body’s organs. Depending on how long you are on such fat loss diet, the damage to the organs can either be temporary or permanent. Remember this very important point – you do not want to end up with a damaged body in the quest of a perfect looking body. You want to be both healthy and happy with a perfect looking body.
Fourthly, some of such fad diets will cause you to lose body fluid and this will also have detrimental impact on your body. Almost 75% of our body is made up of water and if you are dehydrated your blood will become thicker and the delivery of nutrients, energy and oxygen to the cells will be affected. One of the impacts is that your body capability to repair itself will be hindered.
Fifthly, some of these fad diets may cause you to lose weight but usually the result is temporary. You’ll gain back what you lose and more once you stop following the diet. Remember the first point? Your body natural defense is to store as much energy as possible when it sense that there may be an impending shortage of food and your body does not know whether the food shortage is due to personal intention or not.
You do not need to go on fad diets to get a perfect body with a six pack abs. You want the result to be permanent and yet keep you healthy. To do this all you need to do is to eat 5 to 6 small meals a day and these meals should be balanced and comprises all the carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fiber and essential minerals that your body needs.