I recently tried a new experiment for losing weight. I started off by researching various dietary methods and narrowed it down to a few different approaches. I carefully considered the benefits and drawbacks to each way and I finally made my decision.
I went with a “crash diet” approach to weight loss written/designed by a guy named Brian Flatt: http://musclereview.net/3-week-diet-review/. I’ll share with you some of my experiences with this and the pros and cons based on what happened with me. I’ll start with the pros of a crash diet:
- Being absolutely focused on one single fitness goal. Before I tried this I’d always say I wanted to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. But what happened is I often didn’t too much of either. I discovered that by focusing everything I did on one goal that I’d get a lot more accomplished. I did indeed drop weight/fat more quickly than I thought possible.
- Keeping things strict and knowing there was no room for cheating. When you follow a “crash diet” approach you can’t go down that treacherous pass of just having “one cookie” or “one potato chip”–a path that usually turns into consuming a lot of calories and blowing your diet. Keeping such a strict diet actually helped me to stay on track.
- Fast results. Say what you want, but all of us would like to lose weight more quickly if it is possible to do it safely. And I found that seeing the numbers go down quickly and regularly really helped me to stay motivated.
- The strict diet and my social life. It was really hard for me to go out with friends while on a crash diet. There just wasn’t any “room” for it, so my social life did suffer just a little. I usually compensated by meeting friends for coffee (and I had a low-calorie or no-calorie coffee).
- The temptation to overcompensate once the diet was over. I did kind of want to go crazy once the 3-4 weeks were finished and I could go back to a more “normal” way of eating. I tried to overcome this by slowly introducing new foods to my eating plan.
- Lower energy. My energy levels weren’t great, though they did improve as I got further into the weight loss process.
These are just a few pros and cons based on my experience. Everyone is different and you may find that a much different approach is better suited for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find a way to reach your own fitness goals, whatever they are. And don’t forget to check with your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise plan.