Do Extreme Diets Work?

All too often, you may be tempted by promises of a fast weight loss with very little effort. It’s time to consider whether these extreme diets actually work and whether they’re a good choice for you. Remember, the key to weight loss is that it lasts for a long time, decades if you do it right. You have to be sure that the extreme diet that you’re using won’t backfire on you and lead to a long term weight gain.

But what are extreme diets, anyway? How do you identify them?

Let’s say that a diet is extreme if it involves a drastic method of weight loss and promises that this will lead to a very fast reduction in weight. For instance, if a diet involves cutting your calories to 600 a day (and this is just an example as this number may vary) then you’re looking at a very low calorie diet. This may lead to weight loss but it will likely be mostly water weight. This will also lead to a slowdown in your metabolism and result in long term weight gain.

A diet may also be extreme if it involves eating the same kind of food over and over again. A diet with a single dominant food is not balanced and will not be healthy either. These diets usually hide the fact that they are simply low on calories and pretend that the food they focus on has some magical weight loss properties.

As I said, you can lose weight fast with extreme diets. However, this is likely to be made up of mostly water and not fat. In addition, these kinds of extreme diet plans are very hard to stick to for a long time. They are so restrictive and depriving that they can prove to be a real torment to do. If you’re looking for a long term solution, you need a routine that you can live with for weeks and maybe even months. Otherwise, you may lose weight but it won’t be enough to get you to your ultimate goal.

Extreme diets sound like a lot of fun. You tend to focus on the promise they hold: helping you to lose a lot of weight quickly. However, before you rush to do one of these diets, make sure that you know what it will really require of you, whether you’ll be able to handle it, and whether there are other, easier options.