You don’t have to be a serious celebrity watcher to see that many drastic weight loss plans do work. Many celebrities look downright emaciated after they go on a starvation diet. From Anne Hathaway’s ‘human rabbit’ salad leaf-only diet to Nicole Richie’s past secret diet, some celebrity diets produce downright scary results. The next question that comes to mind, naturally, is whether this type of crash diet and drastic weight loss produce healthy results for the people trying them. The bad news, for all those who want to get the same drastic results, is, of course, no. There are a lot of things that have to happen for you to lose weight. Messing around with your body’s key digestive and metabolic systems might cause complications for other systems you have.
The Balloon analogy
Think of your body’s many different systems (circulatory, hormonal, reproductive, respiratory, and many others) as one balloon. When you push one side of the balloon, another side swells up. If you push on many different sides, other sides swell up. In other words, all your bodily systems are interconnected and anything you do with one can cause potential problems with other parts. If you go on a crash diet that produced drastic weight loss, you might be messing with your kidneys, liver, or small intestines. In fact, there are a lot of chemicals involved in digestion and serious dieting might interfere with their normal operations. Sure, the drastic weight loss is great but you may want to leave that to actors and actresses who need to shed pounds for a part. If you try the same crash diet, you might be flirting with disaster.
A better approach
There is a better way forward if you want to lose weight. You can change your diet so you are eating more fiber-rich foods. Fiber-rich foods swell up in your stomach and your brain interprets this as you being ‘full.’ As a result, your brain sends out less hunger signals and you eat less calories With less calories, your body burns more fat to compensate for the caloric shortfall. Also, you can boost your metabolism by working out daily. By eating more fruits and vegetables and grain, you can lower your calorie intake without sacrificing your health. By being more active, you boost the amount of calories your body burns. These both work together to produce a leaner, better-looking, and healthier you. It will just take a little longer, but this regimen is more sustainable.