Extreme Dieting – Good Or Bad?

I work in IT.

A lot of my friends work in IT.

So statistically speaking we’re probably all leading pretty sedentary lifestyles tied to our desks.

I’m not sure about the stats on waist girth etc., but a lot of us are probably heavier than we should be (of course some people I know are incredibly fit etc., so it’s not everyone .. )

At a recent event I attended several people had obviously had drastic diets and impressive weight loss. One person, who shall remain nameless, had dropped about 30kg in about 4 months. That’s truly impressive!

But what was involved?

By the sounds of things it was pretty extreme..

Breakfast – zero (I thought that was meant to be a really bad idea?)

Mid morning – apple or orange

Lunch and dinner – 120g lean beef, chicken, veal or white fish. Serve this with either a very light salad or vegetables (no oils)

And of course alcohol is completely banned.

Trying to work out how many calories that equates to per day is hard, but I guess it’s less than 1000, or maybe I’m getting it wrong.

Is this kind of extreme dieting a good idea?

Is it sustainable?

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4 Responses to Extreme Dieting – Good Or Bad?

  1. Volker July 5, 2012 at 21:06 #

    A friend used this diet to lose age-old fat and to keep it off as well…

    http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/www/hackdiet.html

  2. Paul Savage July 5, 2012 at 23:36 #

    I’m not really a fan of the whole extreem dieting, but more of a believer of doing more exercise more often and being active can help you. The problem with diet is that it’s not a lifestyle change. But to loose the weight and keep if off you need to change something in your life forever. Otherwise all your hard work will just come back and bite you in the ass. Diets like the one above aren’t sustainable over a period of months, or years, and if you do do it you might have more serious issues in the long run.

    I did do a detox diet once, which was good to ‘restart’ the whole internal system. I’ll send you the PDF of it.

  3. Louie / Personal Trainer July 6, 2012 at 12:31 #

    That is an extreme diet your friend went through. Not only is not good for the body, but it wil be hard to keep it off as well. The body goes into a shock, he lacks of energy and if he keeps it up, he’ll soon find himself very depressed.
    Cutting breakfast is indeed a very bad ideea. You need to start your system as fast as possible after a good night sleep.
    Did you ask him what exactly did he lose? Body mass or body fat?
    In my opinion, men shouldn’t go for an extreme diet. Instead they should be looking into adding mass to their bodies. Not only it will look good, it will also turn their bodies into a calories burning machine. Men should do jogging just as a warm up followed by weights, targetting the largest muscle as legs (squats, lunges), back & chest. Going to the gym and spending more time in the jacuzzi doesn’t help 🙂