Considering a Crash Diet? Why They Don’t Work

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With the rising obesity crisis—considered an epidemic by the World Health Organization—many Canadians are becoming concerned about their weight. But it is important not to panic. Panicking leads to crash dieting, a crash diet is not likely to work.

Obesity is a leading risk for developing many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Obesity also reduces the success of cancer treatments. For example, obese women with breast cancer are more likely to have an aggressive form of the cancer, which is more likely to return even after surgery.

Being a few pounds overweight is likely not a problem. So long as you can fit into your clothes, why worry? But if you are obese, or heading that way, you should be concerned… but be careful of a crash diet that promises quick weight loss.

According to WebMD, A person is considered obese if he or she weighs at least 20% more than the maximum healthy weight for his or her height.  Your doctor or dietitian will let you know what your body mass index (BMI) is, and if you need to lose weight.

Where to start with weight loss? Not a crash diet!

If you are obese, and you have decided to lose weight, congratulations! This is a difficult decision to make. But remember, you are not alone. There is plenty of advice online, in books, and in person with a weight loss coach.

Do not panic, and go on a crash diet. Sure, you will lose weight initially, but these crash diet trends are not sustainable. No one can stick to them for a long time.

Making sensible lifestyle changes are your best option. Educate yourself about healthy foods and ways of preparing them. You know you must stop eating sugary treats and deserts. But there are healthy alternatives.

Look for recipes you enjoy. If you do not like the food, you will not stick to the diet, and the pounds will pile back on. You can probably eat the same foods you do now, but prepare them differently. Cut down on fried food, for example. Grill it instead. Try skinless chicken, and make some delicious, non-fat marinades. Eating sensibly is the opposite of a crash diet.

Portion control is an important part of any weight loss diet. Perhaps you could use smaller plates, to fool your eyes into thinking you are eating as much as before. This seems foolish, but it does actually work. Try it, you will be surprised!