You can never, ever, use weight loss to solve problems that are not related to your weight. At your goal weight or not, you still have to live with yourself and deal with your problems. You will still have the same husband, the same job, the same kids, and the same life. Losing weight is not a cure for life.

~Phillip C. McGraw, The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom

While we agree with Dr. Phil ultimately, after resolving the problems that led to weight gain, there remains the problem of how do we take it off. Crash diets should be used only for an initial shot in the arm that rapid weight loss provides. Crash diets are a clever way to restrict the intake of calories, so we’re going to share a few here with this strong comment: once you use these diets, seek the help of a nutritional expert to help you establish a more rational way of eating for the rest of your life.

Weight loss and the appearance of one’s body has become an obsession with both men and women. Too often, people are ruled by standards set by society for your appearance and your health. We become tortured by that inexpensive machine called the scale and our experience of standing on it. We are uncomfortable in our clothes, blaming them for being “too small.” If you use a crash diet, please do so only temporarily, because your nutritional intake is critically compromised and you will “crash” eventually due to lack of good food.

Some people develop illnesses like bulimia and anexoria due to crash diets that are seriously ridiculous and crazy. We do not recommend this kind of eating. We’re talking about choosing foods that are still nutritional, that fill you up while providing a lower caloric intake.

Crash Diets That Work

Meal Replacement Shakes. These diet shakes have been chemically designed to provide all the nutrition a meal should provide while being low in calories and fat. Meal replacement shakes come with a diet plan that provides a full day’s nutrition and you should adhere to that plan. These shake replacements always recommend a low-calorie meal at least once a day that contains a low-fat protein like chicken or fish with lots and lots of vegetables, particularly in a salad.

Juice Your Meal. Many infomercials on television sell heavy-duty blenders into which you can put the entire produce department of your food store. If you develop (or use their recipes) for a tasty juiced version of a combination of fruits and vegetables, you can augment your weight loss while getting fresh, raw good – the very best kind. Juice meals are a great way to reduce weight and still feel full of energy and is one of the most healthy of all the crash diets.

Become a Vegetarian. It is simply impossible to eat only fruits, grains, and vegetables and maintain overweight. So if you aren’t into only juice, you can eat as much as you want by preparing delicious vegetarian meals plus substantial amounts of water. You will be best served to use only fresh vegetables, with frozen veggies a close second. Vegetarians frown on canned food.

Simply Vegetarian: Okay if the idea of having spinach juice does not seem very appealing to you, you might as well just eat spinach accompanied by other vegetables and fruits. Vegetable and fruit salads with minimum dressing work well towards reducing weight. What's more is that you can eat as much as you want to! Although, for better results you will have to drink a lot of water. There is a great deal of information on the internet about being a vegetarian, so be sure to do your research to make sure all necessary nutritional elements are included, especially vitamin B.

The Famous Cabbage Soup Diet: This diet was touted at Weight Watcher meetings in the 1970s in the United States and became very popular, because it was filling, tasty, and has very few calories. Here is the recipe for the soup:

6 large green onions (also called “spring” onions)
2 green peppers
1 or 2 cans of tomatoes (diced or whole)
3 carrots
1 container (10 oz. or so) mushrooms
1 bunch of celery
half a head of cabbage
1 package spice only soup mix (In the US, Liptons is a good choice)
1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
1 48oz can Low Sodium V8 juice (optional)
Season to taste with pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder, etc. (Little to NO SALT!)

Crash diets will help you remove an initial amount of water weight from your body and will make your close more loose. Remember, these crash diets are a “quick fix” and should be backed up with a healthy, nutritional, wholesome diet for the rest of your life.

Author's Bio: 

Maria Khalifé insightfully teaches life-changing techniques. Universal spiritual principles support her methods of coaching, motivational speaking and workshop leading. Maria brings powerful Be the Change experiences to those seeking extraordinary lives who want to reach maximum potential through the discovery of a true dynamic and authentic self.