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Would You Go on a Crash Diet?

Have You Ever Gone on a Crash Diet Before a Big Event?

In a few weeks some friends and I are going on a mini-break and heading to warmer weather. But imagine my surprise when one of them said that she is going on a hybrid cleanse/crash diet before we leave. Right now, she feels like her body is not bikini-ready. I'm not a fan of crash diets — I think they can be dangerous and don't promote sustainable weight loss. Still, I understand the pressure some women feel at the thought of having to wear a bikini, or wanting to look great on their wedding day or any other big event.

Luckily, my story has a happy ending. After a long discussion with my friend, she's swapped her crash diet for a healthy meal and exercise plan instead. And though she might not lose the 10-15 pounds she was hoping to drop in three weeks, she should be able to shed five. The best part is that she'll probably keep it off, too. I'm wondering . . .

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ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
Allytta Allytta 7 years
prom diet. i got so big that i couldn't fit into the largest size of the fancy dresses i was looking at. i was size 8 in US sizing and that was too big for Zara dresses. So i lost he weight.
FitSoccerGirl FitSoccerGirl 7 years
I've thought about doing a detox type diet. Not to lose weight, but mainly because I was feeling sluggish from all the garbage I was eating. I've found that living a health lifestyle negates the need for crash dieting. There are times when any woman feels bloated or chubby. When I start feeling like that, I kick up my cardio and I watch my calorie intake. Eating healthy and making healthy lifestyle choices seems more rewarding, then starving yourself so that you can fit into a pair of jeans - only to binge later on in the week and start the vicious cycle all over again.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
No, I wouldn't have the will power anyway :p
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
Once, I felt horrid and decided there was no way I'd be doing it again.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I did a crash diet in high school, but it wasn't for a special event. It was mostly so I could drop 10 lbs pretty quickly to get my motivation for working out and eating right started. It didn't really work though...I got too hungry and went back to eating crap again. It's much better to just eat a reasonable amount of healthy food so you don't get as hungry. Of course, you'll lose more slowly that way, but it's a lot more sustainable.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Yes, my friend and I decided to try the Master Cleanse. Of course, we chose to go on it right before the weekend, which meant we missed out on a ton of yummy foods! Not to mention, we were such miserable, cranky, and hungry bitches, friends were begging us to eat a pretzel! The final straw was when our bookbags became too heavy for us and we didn't have enough energy to walk to class!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Not since high school, which is many, many moons ago. :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
I'm with aysem03. I cannot stick to calorically restrictive diets for more than a day, at most. Food is too good.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
Hahaha, yeah, I've done week long liquid fasts...sadly it's never been with an event in mind, I just do them to see if I have the willpower - which I do, but end up looking kinda rough, and feeling weak, so my fasts never precede social occasions. Luckily, I have always been at a size I was happy with in time for social events and when I do restrict beforehand, it is always with a view to giving myself some leeway to eat all the yummy, exotic or seasonal food involved at said social event (which, when it ends, is sometimes followed by abovementioned liquid fast!) Maybe I suffer from food guilt...
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 7 years
I think there should be a choice for " I tried but I only made it 1 to 2 days- I love food!"
I did it actually once in the beginning of this very year and I will never do it again. It was that stupid cleanse and I had somewhere to go right after the holidays and I had overindulged. But as I said, never again. I was so miserable, hungry and it ended up being counter productive.
laellavita laellavita 7 years
I did that a lot in high school (and it's sad to admit I did it at such a young age, I really think that says something about the world we live in) but now, if I know something big is coming up that I want to look good for, I ramp up my work outs and simply try to eat as cleanly as possible without doing an entire crash cleanse.
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