Now you all must be wondering how can I afford to make such a statement being a dietitian by profession. But its absolutely true, to achieve your weight loss goal you need to give up the tedious cycle of being off and on a diet. Rather I would stop calling it being on a diet for achieving your goal and rather call it choosing healthy lifestyle over this.
When we get conscious about our weight either because to want to fit into a dress or looking forward to look lean in one of our cousin’s wedding, there is suddenly a lot of cutting down of calories and sometimes with rigorous exercise. What happens in the whole bargain is that your body suddenly goes into a state of shock. The first step then is to protect the body and this is done by compensating your BMR (basal metabolic rate) which is decreased so that the capacity of body to burn food for energy is decreased and because of this the fat storage increases.
Also due to sudden weight loss there would be a loss of the lean body mass (muscles in the body). The muscles in turn require a lot of energy to develop so if the muscles are reduced this capacity decreases.
Most of the time we cut out on breakfast or other main meals of the day.This makes us tired as there is no arrangement in the body to compensate for sudden cutting of meals and this affects our work output and often ac complained with fatigue, irritation and black outs and headaches.
In an opposite scenario, if your weight loss is planned and you decide to make healthy eating as a choice by cutting down your calories sensibly you will be able to achieve the goal without making any compromise on the functioning of the body. Infact choosing foods in a correct fashion helps to boost metabolism which will further help weight loss. This would take only some time more than your crash dieting but if there is consistency in your efforts you will be able to sustain the weight loss better.