I want to say at the outset that writing this book makes me a little bit uncomfortable for reasons I'll explain in a moment. Now, for the most part, an individual's personal choices are really none of my concern: what people do to or for themselves is their own problem. At the same time, I have a responsibility to my readers (followers?) when I present something that has the potential to be harmful or damaging.
It's why I spent literally chapters discussing potential risks in the Bromocriptine book, and spent so much time listing potential side-effects of low-carb diets in the Ketogenic Diet book. Like the issue of dehydrating to make weight, crash dieting is a topic that I get a little bit antsy about. So why am I writing about it?
The first reason is reality. Trust me, I'd love to live in a world where nobody crash dieted, where everybody followed sane and safe dieting strategies and stuck with it in the long term until they reached their goal and then stuck with those newfound eating habits in the long-term. I also want a pony and to be six feet tall and to be an astronaut. And how about an end to world hunger while I'm at it. My point? When idealism and reality slam together it's never pretty. People are going to crash diet no matter what I or anybody else tell them.
Secondly, there are times when crash dieting might be more effective or even required. I know that mainstream nutritionist types will tell you that crash dieting is always bad but, as with just about any absolutist stance, this isn't necessarily correct. I'll talk about some of those situations in chapter two, times when crash dieting may be preferred or even required.
Finally, I am aware of at least two other approaches ('Extreme Crash Dieting' by Dr. Eric Serrano and The Radical Diet by Dr. Mauro DiPasquale) that address the issue of rapid weight and fat loss. I'm familiar with both books (and know both authors) and, well, being who and what I am (a detail obsessed nerd with no life), I know I can do better. I hope my readers feel the same.
The bottom line is this, no matter what I or anybody else says about it, people are going to crash diet. Sometimes it's necessary or beneficial, other times it's not. Regardless, people are going to do it. With that realization made, I figure that the least that can be done is to make sure that such crash diets are done as safely and as intelligently as possible. Using nutritional science and research, we can develop a crash diet that isn't totally stupid, that will be safe and sane (within the limits of crash dieting) at least compared to everything else that's out there.
Trust me, there's a lot of really dumb ways to lose weight fast out there. All vegetables, all fruit, nothing but broth, that cabbage soup thing, just a lot of stupid, stupid shit. This book isn't such an approach. It relies on cutting edge nutritional science to ensure that rapid weight/fat loss is accomplished as effectively and safely as possible. I'd be lying if I said it was an easy diet, but it is an effective one.
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