Every year thousands of people go on a shock diet. Very few are able to lose weight and those who do probably do so because of something else and not the shock diet itself.

The only way you are able to lose weight a bit quickly is by increasing physical exercise while limiting the calories intake. But this has to be done very carefully and with the supervision of your doctor.

Once you start losing weight you’ll notice the skin in the areas where fat concentrated in the past is now loose and “baggy”. This is completely normal, the skin isn’t so elastic and will take many years to go back in place if it gets back completely. You need to be careful especially in the areas that the skin fold to avoid rushes and even dermatitis.

There’s a surgical procedure in which they remove the excess skin, as a tailor would do with your clothes, to adjust the skin to your current size. This could be done by highly trained professionals, in newly equipped modern facilities, in Turkey for a fraction of the cost while you’re on holidays.

If you are interested in this option there’s a company based both in the U.K. and Turkey that offers packages with all your flights, transfers and doctor appointments. Visit their website for more information on Tummy Tuck Turkey

Even knowing that shock diets are useless for getting into shape, they’ve been a trend for a few years now. Our society demands everything, and they want it immediately. We used to know that nothing comes without hard work and sacrifice. Not anymore, those values seem to be lost.

This tendency to selfishness is what makes these shock diets attractive to many, but you cannot ignore the problems that these diets lead to. There are many reasons but we would like to highlight that they’re useless and that they are potentially harmful.

They seem to be working perfectly at first, we lose weight, but mainly because we lose water from our body cells. It’s a natural reaction of the body to use the stored water (all living beings do it) but this is not what we wanted: we want to burn fat rather than becoming dehydrated, and this is by no means a way to achieve that.

Among those health problems I’d highlight:

Dehydration. When you see how much weight you have lost, at first you may think you lost fat immediately. But this fake “success” on a crash diet is just an illusion, as any pounds lost likely come from water rather than fat. Dehydration is the loss of water in your body cells, and this leads to headache, fatigue and dizziness.

Slow Metabolism. Rapid weight loss slows metabolism. That means you burn fewer calories. Because the body recognises this limited food supply as a sign of alert and gets into the “survival mood”, entering a state in which the body tries to burn fewer calories as a response in other to maximise chances of survival.

Losing muscle. When your body enters in this extreme state, you actually lose muscle tissue firstly instead of fat. You lose all your strength when the aim was to lose fat, and it would take a long time to recover.

In short, you should choose the plan that’s right for you and not simply the fast one. Fast could mean that you will bounce back even to gain more weight after, and your health could be severely damaged for life since your body’s immune system is at its lowest when you don’t give it the nutrients needed. The danger could arise if you get exposed to viruses or other pathogens since we would be the most vulnerable.