The OCD diet some time ago was loved by the community because of its claim that it can lose weight as fast as lightning. Unfortunately, many health experts and nutritionists don't approve this diet program. Here's the explanation
What is the OCD diet?
The OCD diet is basically a variation of the fasting (intermittent fasting) diet method that emphasizes a system of regulating meals - when you can eat and when to stop eating aka "fasting". Usually this method recommends fasting for 16 hours, but you can set your own time.
For example if you want to divide 16 hours of fasting time and 8 hours of time consuming food. Then you are allowed to eat whatever you want from 1pm to 9pm, then continue fasting for the next 16 hours. During this fasting time, you are not allowed to eat anything except water.
Benefits of taking the OCD diet
According to Mark Mattson's neuroscientist study, this OCD diet is claimed to be able to lose weight. Moreover, the calories consumed when you go on this diet are estimated to only be around 500 calories a day, if you do a window meal within 6 hours.
Besides that as quoted by Prevention, this diet can help reduce blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Even this diet is believed to help your brain ward off neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, while while improving mood and memory.
However, an OCD diet should not be routinely carried out every day
The OCD diet basically trains the body to only consume calories as needed to overdo it. But basically the reduction in body weight is just a bonus.
What needs to be understood is that even simple physical activities, such as walking or thinking, require energy from the calories burned by the body. If your calorie intake is less than enough, it can disrupt your daily activities. Moreover, when you have just started the OCD diet, your body is not used to hunger or new eating patterns. Hunger can also reduce the performance of activities if you do not meet your daily nutritional needs.
Then, there are also accompanying side effects such as headaches and changes in sleep hours. Although this effect may occur when you have just started a diet and are only temporary, but lack of energy and sleep time can certainly have a direct impact on your body.
OCD diet carelessly makes you gain weight
The OCD diet emphasizes limiting food intake. The metabolic rate affects how quickly your body burns the calories it gets from food. If your food intake is low, your metabolism will run slowly so the body will process calories from food also slower than usual to store energy reserves. This ultimately makes the body save more calories, causing you to gain weight.
In addition, very low calorie intake can make the body lose a lot of muscle mass. A little muscle mass makes the body burn only a few calories. As a result, the body will store excess calories in the form of fat. So, people who diet only limit their food intake, in fact they lose muscle mass rather than fat mass in the body. In fact, what should be reduced when a weight loss diet is fat mass. This can occur because restrictions on food intake are not accompanied by exercise.
Who can't take the OCD diet?
Before trying this diet, it's better to talk to your doctor or nutritionist. You need to make sure that you eat the right foods when doing this diet and fasting, to prevent body malnutrition.
You also need to make sure there is no history of health problems that prevent you from fasting, for example if you have ulcer disease. You are also not recommended to take this diet if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under 20 years old.
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