Crash Dieting Can Mess Up Your Metabolism
Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important parts of maintaining good health. That means eating a balanced, nutritious diet. It doesn’t mean going on extreme diets to lose weight quickly. Crash diets are terrible for immediate and long-term health for a few reasons. Very low-calorie diets can throw off many important processes in your body, including your immune system and metabolism, which is how your body breaks down calories in food into energy.
A high metabolism breaks food down faster, and crash diets slow your metabolism. That will make it harder to maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight rapidly increases your risk of losing muscle and bone mass rather than fat. Your digestive system will also not respond well to extreme diets. The gallbladder is a small organ that produces bile to break down food. Crash diets put you at high risk for painful, potentially debilitating gallstones, which form when bile in the gallbladder crystalizes.