Dieting, Nutrition

The ABC Diet

The ABC diet is well-liked within the pro-anorexia community because it is simple to follow and because it helps realize (at least in the short-term) the weight reduction goals that members of the community share. Nevertheless, the weight loss consequence of the diet happens at too high a cost.

There are two main concerns with the diet. The first is that it proposes calorie consumption that is only a fraction of what medical experts advise. The ABC diet delivers even less calories than virtual fast diets such as the master cleanse detox. The calorie intake is so low that one of the risks of the diet is indeed death by self-starvation.

The second problem pertains to the diet’s duration. Fifty days may not seem be excessive in comparison with other diets but when one takes the extremity of the ABC diet into account, fifty days turn out to be an eternity. One should keep in mind that most master cleansers do not last past a week and a half.

The following is a list of the physical and psychological side effects and risks associated with the ABC diet.

Physical

  • Anemia
  • Dry Skin
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Exhaustion
  • Extreme hunger
  • Gastrointestinal complications such as constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low energy level (which leads to dizziness)
  • Low blood pressure (which leads to fainting)
  • Malnutrition (which leads to loss of muscle tissue mass, osteoporosis (bone loss and elevated risks of bone fractures), and organ deterioration (particularly the kidneys))
  • Palpitations (Irregular heartbeat) and Heart disease
  • Slowdown in the Basal Metabolic Rate (which leads to increased difficulty to lose/maintain weight when ABC diet is over)
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures

In its severe phases, the ABC and other pro-anorexia eating plans can be fatal.

Psychological

  • Depression
  • Increased chance to attempt other unsafe eating patterns
  • Mental stress
  • Obsessive thinking about fat, sugar, and calorie consumption
  • Paranoia

Conclusion

The dangers of the ABC Diet are real and significant, and they outweigh the apparent benefits by far. Apart from the dangers, one should factor in the fact that there isn’t any formal ABC diet source that takes responsibility for its dangers.  It is no wonder that medical experts and nutritionists overwhelmingly denounce the diet.  One should always remember that lasting weight reduction takes time.  The best way to lose weight is to stick to a well-balanced diet that provides all the necessary nutrition coupled with regular exercising.

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