Crash diets are used by lots of people to lose weight quickly for weddings, holidays, parties and sometimes just for the sake of it.
When I talk about crash diets, I’m referring to diets that promise to help you lose a lot of weight very quickly (like 10 pounds in a week).
Crash diets aren’t healthy, don’t lead to long term weight loss (the weight comes back – often with interest) and can be dangerous.
But for women over 40, the crash diet has another added disadvantage: it doesn’t work.
As an example, I saw a client who was 51, and she had noticed that the pounds had started creeping on over the last few years, and she didn’t know what to do about it.
And the thing that she had noticed was that in her 20s, 30s and early 40s she had been able to go on any diet she wanted and lose weight, quickly. She’d eventually gain the weight back, but it still worked when she needed it.
But around her mid 40s she noticed that the crash diets stopped working. No matter which one she tried, she couldn’t lose weight quickly.
The best crash diet for a woman over 40 is therefore one that has no crash involved. Women in mid-life can lose weight much more effectively if they focus on making small changes in their lifestyle that add up over time.
Losing weight at 1-2 pounds per week is ideal and can still mean big weight loss over time. And the best part of a gradual approach is that you are less likely to gain it back. Who wants to waste time dieting all the time?
If you’re a woman in mid-life don’t waste your time on searching for the one crash diet that will work. They don’t work.
It’s much better to use the time, to make a lasting change to your weight.
Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan is a medical doctor who provides a bespoke behavioural programme for weight loss. To book a comprehensive assessment at his Harley Street Clinic please email email@example.com or phone +44 (0) 20 3130 4770.
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