How much should I worry about losing muscle (especially organ damage) from crash dieting?
May 11, 2012 6:03 PM Subscribe
How much should I worry about losing muscle (especially organ damage) from crash dieting? Is this a real thing or a diet myth? And if real, what's the best way to avoid it while losing fat as fast as possible? How crashy does a crash diet have to be to be actually dangerous?
posted by lgyre to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I know there are real, reasonable reasons for not crash-dieting, mostly related to unsustainability and setting the metabolism lower - but I want to try it anyway. I'm not too extremely worried about losing a little muscle if necessary, but of course I mostly want to lose fat, and I don't want any organ damage.
I read some old threads on here, and they all seem to suggest that low-carb is the best way to go. At the moment I'm doing fairly/kind of low carb... mostly raw, actually, so that's very low grain, but there's some fruit and not much protein involved. I'm happy eating the way I am now and have lost weight quickly in the first ten days, but I'm just curious about this whole organ damage idea, which I recently remembered was a thing. Do I need to switch from raw produce to meat?
I don't have much of a background in this topic, but I'm fine with relatively technical explanations where applicable.