Going on a diet switches up your typical, everyday routine by changing your workout, what you eat and drink, as well as how you eat. When it comes to crash diets, you’re giving your body very few calories in order to see faster weight loss results. Yes, you lose weight quicker. However, you’re not giving your body enough nutrients, causing an unhealthy outcome that could lead to negative effects in the long run.
We spoke with our Medical Expert Board on eating habits they recommend for switching out of your crash diet and stepping into a healthier lifestyle. For more, check out The #1 Unhealthiest Diet You Should Never Try, According to a Dietitian.
Your mindset plays a big role in dieting, as sometimes you feel like you need to trick your mind into actually eating better. That’s why it’s important to take a step back, take a deep breath, remain positive, and think about what foods you can add to our diet.
“So often, when dieting, we focus on deprivation,” says Lisa Young, PhD, RDN, and author, Finally Full, Finally Slim & The Portion Teller Plan. “Instead, I suggest people focus on adding healthy foods that are high in nutrients without too many calories—fruits, vegetables, beans, fish.”
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“If you aren’t mentally exhausted from the failure of your crash diet, I recommend monitoring your food intake another way,” says Molly Hembree, MS, RD, LD. “Rather than tracking every portion, calorie, or macronutrient, have a notebook (paper or digital) where you simply write down the names of foods you eat throughout the day and the time you eat them.”
When you write these things down, you’ll be able to see