A balanced diet is essential for our body organs and tissues to work effectively. But at times we ignore a balanced diet to lose weight. The motivation could be any; to shut down body shamers or to fit into your wedding dress. Often, women go on crash diets to lose weight rapidly in a short duration of time. But is it okay for our body to start crash dieting? How badly can crash dieting affect our health? Celebrity Nutritionist Pooja Makhija speaks with SheThePeople.TV about the harmful effects of crash dieting which go beyond weakness and puts our entire system through a turmoil.

When your body is not nurtured, it can’t get enough rest. This lack of rest may lead to mental health problems like to depression and anxiety, says nutritionistPooja Makhija.

Some takeaways:

  • How badly can Crash dieting affect our health?
  • Pooja Makhija, a consulting nutritionist says it can affect our mental health and lead to depression and anxiety.
  • Crash dieting affects our body and causes a lack of rest, hallucination, hair loss, etc, says she.
  • If you do crash diet YOU will crash- Pooja Makhija

Pooja’s Opinion Crash Diet

Pooja says, “If you do Crash diet YOU will crash”.  Pooja says that a lot of people think crash dieting is okay, whereas it is just a way of abusing your body. She opines that people go for crash dieting as they think it can be covered up later while they actually can’t. Crash dieting can lead to sleep toss, hallucination, etc., says she.

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Lack of rest

According to Pooja, “When your body is not nurtured, it can’t get enough rest, its immunity drops and your mind is not at rest as well.” She says that lack of rest affects our cognitive process-impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving. Thus making learning efficiently difficult. Further, the lack of rest may lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Hair Loss

Pooja also adds that crash dieting can lead to hair loss. According to Everyday Health, When you don’t get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs from your diet, it can cause a loss of hair. For instance, too little protein in your diet can damage healthy hair, and inhibit your body’s ability to build new hair follicles.

According to Everyday Health, When you don’t get the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that your body needs from your diet, it can cause a loss of hair.

Read also: Diet Is Not Deprivation, It’s A Way Of Life: Ishi Khosla On Food Habits

Hallucination

According to Pooja, long term carbohydrate deprivation can lead to hallucination (which has been clinically proven according to her). As per LiveStrong, hallucinations, or the perception of something as real that was created by the mind, can include all of the senses, from seeing things that are not truly there to smell, hear or feel things that do not exist Some hallucinations are not cause for concern. Most hallucinations are the result of a chemical imbalance in the body.

Other Effects

Crash dieting repeatedly affects our hearts too. It adds to the risk of heart attacks. Pooja says that it can affect a person’s overall growth as well. “If you’re in a growth phase, for example, if you are a child or a teenager or if you haven’t grown to your maximum height potential, you can compromise your height. Or you can compromise your physiological growth. Or your mental capacity of growth,” says she.

Makhija adds that taking away fuel from your body will affect everything from bone strength to eyesight, or even the capacity of your lungs.

“Your food is your fuel, so never crash diet,” is Makhija’s parting advice to everyone.

Mansi is an Intern at SheThePeople. TV.

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