It's easy to learn how to crash diet, but most health professionals don't recommend crash dieting. It can be bad for your mental health and vital organs, and chances are you'll gain back all the weight you lose. Even so, there may be times when you really need to lose five or ten pounds in a short period of time. Whether you want to look a little better for a high school reunion or you need to qualify for medical or life insurance, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure your crash diet works without substantially harming your health.
Cut your calorie intake. To crash diet, you need to severely cut calories. 1000 calories is a good target. Anything less than this, and you may find yourself so low on energy that have difficulty functioning.
- Maximize the amount of food you can eat by consuming low-calorie foods. Eat lean poultry like chicken and turkey breast and lots of vegetables. Vegetables are low in calorie and high in fiber, which will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Try egg whites, which are high in protein and have under 20 calories each. A crash diet can leave you feeling very hungry, so it's important to make the most of every calorie.
Drink plenty of water. Your body will need constant replenishment on a crash diet. Crash dieting can also make you surprisingly thirsty, so you'll need the water to keep from feeling dehydrated. Water has the added benefit of making you feel full. Drink a glass of it before every snack or meal so you aren't tempted to eat too much.
- Don't crash diet for too long. Limit your diet to one or two weeks. While it may help with short-term weight loss, crash dieting is hard on your body and will eventually slow your metabolism down.
- Increase your calorie intake gradually when your crash diet is over. This will minimize the chances of immediately regaining the weight you lose.