Health risks associated with repeated Crash Dieting
Crash dieting with its low calorie intake and sudden weight loss can cause many health problems
Following is a list of health risks that are associated with Crash dieting
Irregular Periods in Women:
The sudden weight loss and the immediate gain back of the weight, due to the yo-yo effect of crash dieting sends conflicting signals to the brain!
This leads to a hormonal imbalance in the body which causes irregular periods in women who opt for crash dieting. An irregular menstrual cycle further increases their chances of infertility
As crash dieting promotes a severe reduction in the calorie and carbohydrate intake, this directly puts your organs at risk! Vital organs such as your heart, liver, kidney and the brain face damage due to the crash
Crash dieting with its emphasis on low calorie intake, deprives the body of Potassium and other possible sources of salt, thereby causing Sodium depletion which causes low Blood Pressure.
Crash dieting encourages reducing the intake of food drastically. This defies the body of its precious vitamins and nutrients, particularly vitamin B-12 and Folate which lead to anemia, as both of them are essential for the formation of Red Blood Cells.
Lowering the intake of food, means lowering the intake of nutrients!
Nutrients such as vitamin B and Vitamin C are needed for the production of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters. A lack of these two in our bodies will cause depression and irritability.
Calcium is needed by the body for maintenance of strong bones.
Crash dieting results in our body being denied of calcium sources, which leads to calcium from the bones being used by the body leaving them weak and fragile. This condition is known as Osteoporosis.
Severe curtailment of food intake sends the body into ‘starvation mode’ and this result in the body lowering its metabolism. A lowered metabolism rate helps the body survive off less food. This particular occurrence is also the reason, why crash dieters tend to gain weight quickly once they stop dieting, as the body requires fewer calories than before!
Repeated crash dieting can reduce the levels of vitamins and nutrients in the body, which can make hair dry, lifeless and brittle leading to hair loss.