With warmer weather and spring break here most are thinking about their weight. Do yourself and your bodies a favor and do not starve yourself for the spring weather or wardrobe.
The purpose of many diets is to lose weight. Unfortunately, focusing on just the weight component versus overall body composition and health. The results are immediate but in the long-term lower your metabolism.
Diets that restrict calorie intake offer quick results, but trigger a “starvation response” in which the body slows down its metabolic rate to conserve energy. Once the goal weight is reached and you return to your non diet intake, the body gains weight even faster because it requires fewer calories (the calories you were consuming while dieting) to maintain your bodies functions.
Rapid weight loss results in the loss of large amounts of water, minerals, glycogen, and muscle/organ protein. These undesirable losses of lean body mass are coupled with only minimal losses in fat.
Healthy weight requires consistency and time. Treat your body well and it will treat you well!