Today we’re talking about the WORST diet for losing weight and that is the crash diet.
What is a crash diet?
A crash diet is any type of extreme diet that wouldn’t be sustainable for a long period of time, but that you choose to do in order to get fast results
What is the crash dieting mindset?
The mindset that you need results and the only way to go about getting them is in this kinda crazy / extreme / instant gratification kinda way
This is particularly relevant because I feel like this time of year is especially overwhelming. You’ve got year end deadlines, exams, end of term projects, being social. It’s like your head’s so full that there’s no room for making good choices.
Even though you know that crash dieting or yo-yo dieting isn’t good for you, you justify it by saying I’m gonna crank up my cardio, cut my calories, and do all this for just for 1 week or 2 weeks or 1 month or some set period of time.
The problem is that crash dieting – no matter what you tell yourself or how you arrange it – is not a temporary thing. I know because when I reached my heaviest weight when I was in Florida a couple summers back, I did this exact same thing maybe 50 times.
Back when I was in Florida – when I reached my heaviest weight, I had just graduated from university, I was working 12-14 hours every day trying to make ends meet, and a very common meal for me was a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I’d dump that in a bowl, put the chocolate shell on top, then add those really nice sprinkles the thicker ones on top.
What would happen was I’d be sitting on the couch in front of the TV feeling bloated, feeling disgusted, saying “OK tomorrow I’m gonna cut this crap out, I’m gonna get back on track, I’m gonna go to the gym, cut my calories real low just so I can get out of this dark place”. And at the time when I was sitting on the couch after eating that, I’d have all the motivation in the world because I felt crappy. I could actually feel in my body the consequences of not treating my body right. I’d have all the motivation in the world that night and the next day and the next day.
But come the third day, I’d start getting tired. I’m assuming by that point – I’d burned that big meal I’d had, I’d been eating hardly anything, training way too hard for the amount of food I’d eaten.
And a funny thing would happen when I’d get discouraged like that – I’d go right by to square one. I’d go right back to the Ben and Jerry’s, go right back to food, and I’d feel even guiltier, even more desperate to get results, and I’d do this all over again.
Even if you have the best of intentions, the best motivation when you start your crash diet, either you’re not gonna make it till the end and you’ll rebound even worse OR you will make it to the end of the crash diet, but you won’t be able to sustain what got you those results in the first place. It’s a lose-lose situation.
I know it’s easier to think in all or nothing terms; either you’re 100% on or 100% off track. But you know what makes more sense? Smaller, less extreme shifts in your life. Instead of looking at this whole diet thing as a switch, look at it as spectrum.
A story I hear all the time is that you start a diet on Monday, you eat a cookie on Tuesday morning, one cookie turns into 3 cookies turns into eating a burger for lunch, turns into a full day bender, and then you tell yourself you’ll start next week.
It’s this all or nothing mentality that’s ruining your progress. It’s not the specific diet because it doesn’t matter which diet you’re on if you keep thinking like this.
If you made it through that rant and are ready to stop it with crash diets, then I’d love for you to take my transformation quiz. It’s a quick quiz that’s going to assess your starting point, your goals, your body type, then give you advice from me for how to move forward.