We often tend to lean towards crash dieting after we have over indulged in the good stuff a little more than what we should have. We're not to sure about you but we have many a times turned to google and typed 'How to lose 5kg in 10 days', and lets be realistic this is rather far fetched and impossible to achieve.

While crash dieting may help you fit into that dress for a friends upcoming wedding, the results are generally short-lived and can ultimately have a negative impact on your body and mind. It can be easy to be tempted to fall into the quick fix of crash dieting but take a look below at some of the dangers that are associated with this fade.

Reduce Your Metabolic Rate - A high metabolism is key when it comes to losing weight, but crash dieting can actually make your metabolic rate slow down. This causes for muscle to breakdown and the less muscle you have the slower your metabolism is.

Weaken Immune System - When crash dieting you deprive your body from essential vitamins and minerals resulting in a weaker immune system.

Dehydration - Just as juicing causes you to lose weight fast as does crash dieting, the reason for this is because you are actually dropping water weight which is not ideal for long term weight loss.

Leave You With Low Energy Levels -  Yes crash dieting will lead to weight loss but most of this weight comes from the reduction of glycogen and water stores in the body. The end result is a loss of energy, making you feel fatigued and tired with very little energy to get through your day.

Bowel Habits - A crash diet can also result in some tummy trouble. This is because you are not getting the right nutrients in your diet and this could result in irregular or inconsistent bowel movements. Crash dieting destroys the natural flora in your gut leading to IBS and constipation.

Along with these dangers of crash dieting we have provided you with a list of alternatives to help you lose weight.

So here are a couple of things we advise you to do instead of crash dieting:

  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Reduce carbs and sugary foods
  • Exercise at least 3 times a week
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
  • Try to achieve 10, 000 steps a day

With these little adjustments to your daily lifestyle you will lose weight in no time. x