Extreme Diets

Extreme DietsWhen a person puts everything into losing weight, he or she may be tempted to try some of the world’s most extreme diets. The reasons for these diets are varied, but the bottom line is that the person may be aiming to lose as much weight as he or she can for a specific period of time that the nutrition part of dieting is lost. Extreme diet plans put the person’s life at risk, mainly because the weight loss is too drastic and the meals that the person takes may not be enough to sustain a healthy body.

Any diet that forces the person to diverge too much from his or her old eating habits can be considered extreme. Here are some examples.

Raw Food Diet – Eating raw morsels of fish, meat and vegetables hardly seem strange or shocking, but it’s the principle behind this diet plan that makes it extreme. Raw foodists make sure not to eat anything that’s cooked because they believe that cooking destroys the best components in the food. This could put the person at risk of consuming microorganisms along with the raw food, which could potentially cause disease.

The raw food diet is extreme because it is meant to be a long-term lifestyle change that could lead to drastic changes in a person’s health. While you only need to speak with a raw foodist for a few minutes to learn about the benefits of this diet, there are still some doubts on whether this kind of eating habit can be maintained for the long term.

Starvation Diet – Many individuals stand by this diet plan, which is simply all about avoiding food every single day to lose weight. The ironic thing about this diet is that real food is used. While a big chunk of the food on the table is wasted, a person claims to feel satiated because the visual stimulation is there. He or she can smell and see the food, but not taste it. The main source of nutrients could be the liquids that the person consumes along with the meal he or she leaves untouched.

This is the most dangerous of all the diet methods out there. Starvation could have physical, mental and emotional consequences, including the possible development of eating disorders. Many people that continue to shun food, even the barest minimum that could help them remain healthy eventually go to professional therapists to undo the damage.

Liquid Diet – Some detox enthusiasts claim that everyone needs to cleanse occasionally and the liquid diet is the best way to do that. For more than a week, a person drinks his or her food and stays away from solids. Some people can’t take this diet because of health restrictions. Liquids pass through the body too quickly, and may not give the person the energy to do simple things like walk around without falling or tripping. Some people succeed with weight loss using this type of diet, but if done for a long time, this type of diet could do permanent damage on a person’s overall health.

500 Calorie Diet – This kind of diet requires that a person consume only around 200 to 500 calories per day, which means you can eat very little and drink mostly water. This is the most common among extreme diets. Many diet plans around this principle have set menus for each meal, and there are those that even send the meals to the individual for convenience. If a person is healthy to begin with, a period of semi-starvation may not do a lot of damage, but this diet is hardly enough to sustain a healthy body for the long term.

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