The widespread idiocy in the dieting industry is so pervasive it's almost depressing. Being the mere mortal that I am, I can only dispel one myth at a time - and today sights are set on crash dieting.
Crash dieting is defined as a drastic reduction in calorie intake (usually below 1,200) for at least 3 days in order to achieve rapid weight loss. There are a lot of opinions about crash dieting, most of which are substance-less. Here are the top 5 objections to crash dieting - debunked by science.
1. It's Better to Lose Weight Slowly than Rapidly.
2. Crash Dieting Sends Your Body Into 'Starvation Mode'.
3. The Weight You Lose is Just Water and Muscle.
4. Crash Dieting Damages Your Metabolism, Slowing It Down Forever.
5. Crash Dieting is Dangerous.
Now that the arguments are running thin it's time to pull out the last resort, "oh, well it's just dangerous". All this crash dieting talk is actually just negative language for what is really a fasting diet. Fasting diets are becoming widely accepted in the medical community. So anyone telling you otherwise isn't up on their science, or has some personal interest involved. I'll leave you to postulate where the crash dieting term came from.
The most recent research about fasting diets was published by USC. Their test group did 5 days per month on just 725 calories, for three months. Here are the results.