Is Crash Dieting Good For You?

Nov 11, 2014 | Eating Right, Weight Loss

For years, you’ve been told that crash dieting is the wrong way to fitness, but a new Australian study is here to challenge that.

A new research done on 200 people, compared a steady weight loss diet to a rapid weight loss diet, with participants of both groups falling into the obese category.

One group of obese adults were put on a 12-week rapid weight loss programme with meal replacements of 450 to 800 calories a day (an average man needs 2,500 calories a day to maintain his weight. For a woman, it’s 2,000 calories). The other group was on a gradual weight loss programme, cutting just 500 calories per day for 36 weeks.

The result: 81% the rapid weight loss group achieved the goal of losing 15% of their weight in the 12 weeks versus 50% in the 36 weeks.

While i’m not an advocate of crash dieting or ‘yo yo’ ways of losing weight, here are some things you need to consider if you want to crash diet in a healthy manner.

Watch my segment on Mornings9 above where I talk about this in detail. 


Dos of Crash Dieting:

·      Incorporate both diet AND exercise

·      Eat nutritious real food (high in protein)

·      Aim for 1200 calories per day

·      Set a realistic timeframe, ideal is 12 weeks

·      Learn life long healthy habits (eg how to cook healthy food and correct portion sizes)

Don’ts of Crash Dieting:

·      Eat less than 1000 cal per day

·      Replace all meals with liquid meals

·      Expect the rapid weight loss to last

·      Blame yourself when you regain some weight



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