How Crash Diets Make You Fat

Understandably, crash diets have long been popular with those who yearn to lose weight fast. There is no argument that starvation will result in weight loss. But what happens when we induce a metabolic starvation mode? And why do crash diets fail?

Fasting, Starvation and Caloric Restriction

Recently, conflicting information has emerged on the topic of fasting, starvation and weight gain. On the one hand, there is the ‘starvation myth’ based on the theory that starving oneself to lose weight can cause weight gain. However, on the other hand, there is now compelling new research showing the beneficial effects of caloric restriction, e.g., weight loss, decreased oxidative stress, inflammation, and increased longevity.