Pitfalls of crash diets and how you can avoid them

Given the high prevalence of sedentary lifestyles, it is common to see people put on weight rapidly. As a result, the trend of crash diets has become very popular among those looking for overnight “miracles” to lose weight. These diets work on the principle of drastically reducing the amount of food intake and isolating certain nutrient groups, such as carbohydrates altogether. People are blinded in their unilateral aim of losing weight without realising that there are no miracles or shortcuts to losing weight in real life.

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“Exercising regularly physical can help improve muscle strength and boost one’s endurance. Exercise helps in delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and also helps the cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. Physical activity contributes to stimulating various chemicals in the brain that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious”, Rinki Kumari, Chief Dietician, Fortis Hospital, Cunningham Road.  Weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can also help in mental health treatment and make individuals more focused in life.

“Prescriptions to help control psychological sickness manifestations can increase hunger, leading to weight gain. Adding to these difficulties, individuals with genuine psychological illnesses may have difficulties in memory, that makes it increasingly hard for them to learn and embrace new weight reduction practices, for example, tallying calories,” says Dr Anuneet Sabharwal, MBBS, MD Psychiatrist.

Taking a longer route can seem like its taking forever to achieve your desired fitness goals. But this longer route is advisable for long-term health benefits, say health experts.