It’s easy to get lured into a diet by its big promises: Lose 10 Lbs. in a week!
“Look skinny forever, eat all you want and still lose weight!”
The truth, however, is that crash diets don’t work — or at least they don’t work for the long term or for permanent weight loss.
So how do you know if a diet will work or if it’s all hype?
How can you see the red flags and determine which diets are good, and which are bad?
Unhappy dieting man with only a red pepper on his plate
The bigger the promise, the more likely the diet is a scam — or just a very bad one. If you’re told you can lose 10 Lbs. over a single weekend or lose weight three times faster if you buy some special pills, walk away. The truth is that even prescription weight loss pills don’t work that fast — simply because it’s not possible for your body to burn fat that quickly. If you do manage to lose a large amount of weight over a course of just a few days, it will be just water weight — which basically means, just temporary weight loss.
Very Low in Calories
It doesn’t matter how much you currently weigh or how much you need to lose, you should not be eating less than 1,200 calories a day. Some crash diets cut down your calorie intake to as little as 500 calories per day. The results? You feel like you’re starving and your cravings for sweets increase — because sugar provides a quick source of energy, which your body desperately needs when you’re starving it. Chances are you’ll end up binging as soon as you’re off the diet.
The “Secret” to Weight Loss
Anybody promising you the key to some magical weight loss formula is lying to get you to buy something: a book, some pills, etc. There’s no magic secret to weight loss. There are different approaches and different routes you can take, but it all comes down to eating fewer calories than you do now. It’s really that simple.