USC student Sydney Jones is getting ready for her last spring break this year. She is exercising and eating right, and she knows crash dieting won't get her the results she wants. She has experience with crash dieting
"In the end it wasn't worth it ever, because you always gain it back and no one can go one forever eating that way," Sydney says.
Sydney is not the only one with this experience. Jessica Kenelly, another USC student, went on a crash diet where she only ate grapefruit for a week and she swears she will never do it again.
"It was awful. There was nothing but grapefruit with Splenda and misery," Jessica said.
This year Jessica is sticking to her normal diet before spring break.
USC nutritionist Deborah Zipple warns against crash diets and says they can lead to health problems.
"They do work but they are not a long term fix to weight control and they are really really nutritionally deficient," says Zipple. "You're not going to get any of the vitamins that you need your not going to get the protein, if you don't get enough protein in your diet your body starts to use your own muscle tissue for energy. "
There are also other risks that come with crash dieting.
Crash dieting can sometimes lead to:
Higher risk for heart attack
Evaporated muscle mass
Decreased immune system
If you want to lose fat, crash diets aren't the answer. The weight lost when crash dieting is all water weight. Zipple says crash diets have little to no effect on the fat you body is carrying. She says in order to get rid of fat it takes time, exercise and smart food choices.
That's why Sydney goes to thee gym five times a week and includes cardio and weight lifting in her work outs. At home she makes smart food choices. She believes that staying healthy is important
"Long term fitness and health is just really a better option," Sydney says
That's why she is staying away from crash diets forever. She knows it isn't the healthy option to get her dream body for spring break.