crash diet

Everyone has a different metabolism. Everyone exerts a different amount every day. Everyone consumes a different amount of calories every day. As a result, everyone has a different recommended calorie consumption amount. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that male adults consume 2,500 calories per day with 750 fat calories. More than 2,000 calories a day makes the often less than 800 calories suggested by ‘crash dieting’ plans seem scarce. Not only are restrictive diets lacking in calories, they are lacking in foresight to potential harm.

Fitness is a major component of many men’s lives in recovery. Exercise is proven to be beneficial in reducing stress, helping the body through late stages of withdrawal, and providing psychological focus which builds confidence and commitment. Getting started in a fitness routine or leveling up a fitness routine can present a major challenge. Rather than view the challenge of getting started as something to overcome, many men view getting started as something to bypass as quickly as possible. Instead of working hard toward progress, men turn to hard crash diets to drop those first few numbers off the scale in order to feel like they’ve already accomplished something. This kind of thinking typically ends up being a problem for weight loss and fitness goals in the long run. It is often said that fitness is a marathon, not a sprint. Sprinting into a marathon can be exhausting and set the body up for injury. New research from the University of Oxford presented at the European Society of Cardiology revealed that crash diets can injure the heart.

When a group of overweight middle-aged patients were put on a low calorie diet for eight weeks, the patients saw a tremendous drop in heart fat within one week. Though the patients did lose a considerable amount of body, visceral, and liver fat, according to Men’s Fitness, they gained 44% more heart fat. However, the heart fat content and the ability for the heart to function dropped more than levels at the beginning of the study by the end of the study.

The lead author explained that the heart loses its ability to choose from fat or sugar when it is inundated by both as a result of crash dieting. A sudden and drastic drop in calories causes the body to release fat from many different areas of the body at once. During the acute period of time when the heart is concentrated with fat, if someone is also trying to exercise and exert themselves, they could be prone to heart failure.

At Tree House Recovery in Orange County, men learn that their bodies are machines needing careful consideration when it comes to how they are treated and what they are fueled with.

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