Why Low Calorie Diets Can Fail You?

Just eating a low calorie diet may do your more harm that good if you don't know what you are doing before you start. Read this article in full before starting any low calorie diet program so you have the knowledge to make the most out of your diet and lose weight the right way.

You might find this hard to believe, but it's actually scientifically true, Low calorie diets are not the way to go if you want to lose weight. That is, you WILL lose weight on a very low calorie diet and even fast. The problem is, that this will only happen in the beginning. Long term, VLCDs are definitely not the way to go if you want to lose belly fat or get a lean figure.

There are five low calorie diets side effects that you'll start feeling in the long term1:

  • Low calorie diets slow down your metabolism, making losing fat more difficult in the future
  • You will hit a fat loss plateu quickly
  • You'll regain lost weight
  • Deficiency of important nutrients will damage your health
  • Low calorie diets can cannibalize your muscle tissue as the body switches to “starvation mode”


The thing with low calorie diets is that they are actually designed to help you lose weight short-term, but they fail long-term. That's not rocket science; it's just how they are made. But why is this? Usually, people assume that this is because people stopped dieting. You can stop your diet for any number of reasons: laziness, gluttony, lacking willpower, personal/moral failure and so on. The assumption here, like everything else in our lives is that if we try hard enough, we'll succeed. And in the case of dieting, that doesn't necessarily have to be the case.

Here are a three reasons why low calorie diets sometimes don't work:

  • You are fighting your own survival mechanism

Your body views low calorie diets as a threat and once the body feels threatened, the natural survival mechanism kicks in. In the end, the will to survive will outweigh the will to lose pounds and you might even end up fatter than when you started. This is your body overcompensating to combat the perceived threat.

  • Your survival mechanism tells you to eat more

If you are going to lose weight than you need to keep calories down. Sounds logical? Yes, but your survival mechanism doesn't work on logic, but on instinct. On this level, it will tell your body to eat whenever you see food. That's why, it's not a matter if low calorie diets will fail, but when.

  • Low calorie diets make it harder for you to lose weight next time

The big problem with low calorie diets is that they lower the metabolism. And the less calories you take, the body will have a harder time keeping muscle mass. Soon, you will start losing muscles. And since muscles keep your metabolism up, it will be harder to burn calories with a low metabolism.

So to conclude, while low calorie diets may help you lose weight fast, you really shouldn't count on them in the long run. The strain they will leave on your body can often be more than you've bargained for and instead of losing weight, you might end up losing your health.