Crash diets often seem harmless; after all, what’s the worst that could happen: you don’t lose weight or you get bored of it, right?
Some of these diets can affect hair growth, induce fatigue and depression, and even kill you. But these reasons haven’t stopped these fads from remaining popular.
While we can’t stop people in the streets and ask them to avoid crash diets, we can definitely speak with our clients. Especially since some of these diets can affect their microblading healing process or even cause them to need more microblading in the future.
Here are some crash diets you (and your clients!) would do well to avoid.
The Sleeping Beauty Diet
This is one diet that hasn’t have a fairy tale ending.
The Sleeping Beauty diet made its round in online communities, specifically pro-anorexia communities. In 2017, MetroUK reported women encouraging each other to take sedatives and sleep 10 hours a day in order to avoid meals.
Real Nutrition founder Amy Shapiro told Women’s Health Magazine: “Abusing drugs to avoid food is disordered way to look at losing weight. Saying that you’re going to sleep so you don’t eat and overexercising when you’re awake is disordered eating.”
Women who subscribe to the Sleeping Beauty diet often sleep during hours when they feel hungry. For instance, sleeping from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. lets them skip dinner—an unhealthy way to manage one’s nutrition.
Not to mention, fasting only leads to cravings. “Research shows that when you’re tired during the day because you haven’t gotten enough sleep, your body calls for sugar or caffeine in order to give you the energy that you’re lacking,” Shapiro said.
In fact, a 2017 study showed that people suffering from a poor night’s sleep end up consuming an additional 385 calories the next day.
Reliance on sedatives to fall asleep can even cause you some sleepless nights. That’s trading a couple of pounds for a couple of eyebags. While eyebag microblading exists, it’s not something we recommend.
Your best bet? Losing weight the healthy way.
TL;DR: The Sleeping Beauty diet not only endangers the body by subjecting it to sedatives; it also increases one’s appetite for cravings.
The Keto Diet
If you’re no fan of leafy greens, then the keto diet probably speaks to you. While you can’t indulge in ice cream, you’re allowed to eat as many chicken nuggets as you can. Sounds fun? Unfortunately, like other crash diets, the keto diet comes with risks of its own.
Keto dieting emerged as one of the more popular crash diets in the last couple of years. In order to quickly lose weight, you need to stop consuming all carbohydrates. Since the body can’t burn carbs to produce energy, it resorts to burning fat instead. This is the metabolic state called ketosis.
During the keto diet, you are only allowed to eat:
The keto diet, unlike other crash diets, can provide healthy benefits. While there’s no conclusive research to support all these claims, anecdotal evidence shows that keto dieting can help people with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and even cancer.
But, like we said, there’s risk involved, too. People have reported significant hair loss following their participation in the keto movement.
Dietitians speculate that sudden change in diet can stress out the body so much as to cause hair loss. Specifically, a dip in protein and calorie intake may affect hair loss and hair growth.
And hair loss is a serious issue for many people. If you or a client is genetically predisposed to hair loss, then you might be in even more trouble. Microblading can help make scalps look healthy and brows look full, but nothing beats a full head of hair.
Fortunately, mindful dieting and seeking professional advice can prevent hair loss before you even try keto.
TL;DR: Keto diets can cause hair loss if you’re not careful with your calorie and protein intake.
Be careful about crash diets
When it comes to losing weight, one should be mindful of what they eat and how they eat it. You might lose a few pounds, sure, but you could end up harming yourself in the process.
Always advise clients to seek professional advice when it comes to dieting. Nutritionists and dieticians can help address potential health issues that come with crash diets and health fads.