The idea that a low-calorie diet might tempt you because it seems like the quickest, surest way to lose weight. It certainly isn’t easy, but it will get results. However, many negative side effects come along with restricting your calorie intake below 1200. Eating less than 1200 calories per day will send your body into starvation mode. Some side effects are minor and will pass with a good meal, but some are more serious and can land you in the hospital. Do not attempt a low-calorie diet unless you are under the strict supervision of your doctor. Your body needs a certain amount of calories to carry out vital functions. Eating less than that will lead to side effects. Some symptoms of severe calorie restriction are weakness, fatigue, cold intolerance, irregular menstrual periods, dizziness, constipation and swelling of the hands and feet.
Major Side Effects
Gallstones are caused by going on a severe calorie-restricted diet and losing weight too quickly. Often, you will need to have surgery to remove your gallbladder if this happens. Gout, or a painful inflammation of the joints caused by high uric acid in the blood, can start or become worse from low-calorie dieting. Since you are not taking in the proper amounts of vitamins, proteins and electrolytes, you are at risk for malnutrition disorders and electrolyte imbalances. Sudden death is a very rare but possible side effect from extremely low-calorie dieting.
Low-calorie diets force your body to take energy from other sources. You are more likely to burn muscles than fat because your body needs protein. This lowers your metabolic rate and makes it more difficult to lose weight. You are also not likely to stay on this type of eating plan for long, and you will eventually go back to your normal eating patterns. All the weight will come back. Furthermore, the electrolyte imbalances will cause your body to leach calcium from your bones, potentially weakening them and leading to osteoporosis.
When you start The 21FITDAY, your body will begin to change. Body fat will
decrease and the muscles strengthen. Strong muscles – “burn” fat. Cellulite will disappear
and the skin will become smooth and elastic. You will forget about the super strict diet,
because you will be using a most unique “fat burner” – your muscles.