WHY IS IT INADVISABLE TO GO ON A DRASTIC DIET?
Although the drastic diet may appeal to people who want to lose a few extra pounds because of its quick results, remember one thing: these results are not sustainable.
Because, as the term suggests, the diet causes a drastic change in your eating behavior. As a result, as you suddenly lower the number of calories you bring to your body, your body will respond.
How does it do this?
By reducing your metabolism within three days of starting the diet. Because the body has to cope with this sudden change and doesn’t know when your diet will return to “normal”, it goes into survival mode and does everything it can to save energy so that you will immediately feel a drop in energy when you carry out your daily activities.
But that’s not all. The drastic diet also leads to muscle wasting, which is a disadvantage since dieters imagine that this muscle wasting is a sign that their fat is disappearing. This is a terrible mistake. In fact, the drastic diet, being a low-calorie (very low calorie) diet, damages the muscles. On top of that, the body, instead of drawing on its fat reserves, will instead draw on the stocks of fast energy reserves, also called glucose, that the muscles contain.
Finally, draconian diets or low-calorie diets, will give you a feeling of constant hunger. This is due to the increased levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates the appetite. However, this is easily explained by the fact that you consume very few calories per day and your body needs more to function normally. Still, remember that a restrictive diet will result in a lack of essential nutrients for your body.
As a result, research has shown that people who have followed a drastic diet have not been able to maintain their weight loss over the long term. Worse still, some of them recovered on average double what they were able to lose.