In my fitness journey, I have tried pretty much every type of diet. Some fad diets initially produce dramatic results, yet what are its long term effects? Are the results from these fad diets sustainable?
Types of Fad Diets
1. Low Calorie Diet (i.e. Cohen Diet)
When you do not get enough calories in your body, your body will go into starvation mode.
Rationale: Eating a low calorie diet (less than 1200 calories, some even reach as low as 600) is below the amount of calories needed a day to function. Naturally, when you take fewer calories than what you burn in a day, you will lose weight. Cohen’s Express Meal Plan can go as low as 600 calories per day.
My Experience: I was always dizzy and hungry; because, I was eating less than what my body needed.
Long Term Effect: Being on a prolonged low calorie diet will burn muscle to compensate for calories needed for the body to function. This can also slow down your metabolism, making your body store more fat, instead of burning it.