How to Crash Diet Safely

Three Methods:Compare eating 10 bites daily -- to the diet after surgeryLose 10 to 15 pounds per week -- without surgery:Make it work

Can you safely crash-diet on what you want to eat to rapidly lose weight at once; say: Burritos, Tacos, Burgers, Vegetables, Italian, versus Snickers, Pecan Caramel Turtles, or Baby Ruth candy, for weeks. See how almost any satisfying food may do the trick! How?


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    Eat just a little like you would be allowed, if you had your stomach stapled or a stomach bypass done. Yes, eat as if you had "weight loss surgery".
    • No, bulimia or anorexia will not come from eating little for a few weeks! Those are totally different eating disorders with an obsessive, mental component, such as thinking "I'm still fat" (when boney/skinny), or repeatedly binging and purging.
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    Imagine this suggestion based on doctors' diets for after radical surgery: Eat 5 or 6 bites of food twice per day. Hint: Try eating only two medium Snickers, Baby Ruth, or such bars a day (that's all you eat, for that day). Can you (if fairly healthy) eat only such candy safely, for a limited time (for a few weeks). "Yes!", but you ask "How does that work?" More details below.
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    Consider weight loss surgery. If you chose surgery, then eat almost nothing for 3 or 4 months, by Doctor's Orders! Then never be able to eat a large meal ever again, for life...
    • Decide whether to have such surgery; if not, then: Skip the doctor's radical surgery and doctor ordered, forced "starvation", starving safely, how? Avoid doctor's knife and those ways to starve, if you do not have the surgery.
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    Take caution; avoid fasting or this modified fasting (do not fast) -- if:
    • Under age 18,
    • Diabetic on insulin,
    • Pregnant OR nursing a baby,
    • Under a doctor's care (talk about the idea explained below).
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    Do not become dehydrated (while avoiding food) or malnourished by crash dieting over a long time, more details below.

Method 1
Compare eating 10 bites daily -- to the diet after surgery

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    Examine the surgeon's liquid diet and pureed soft food starvation in the doctor's process, eating about enough for a small child, after a radical weight loss operation. So, compare 10 bites per day, a radical diet choice -- to be explained below -- see the Mayo Clinic diet for after stomach bypass surgery (more detail in the tips section):[1]
    • "Recover:" nothing by mouth, not even water -- about 2 days, getting water intravenously (by IV drip). Do not keep on avoiding water.
    • Phase 1: "Crash" on the surgeon's clear liquid diet -- 1 to 2 weeks -- healing inside.
      Phase 2: "Starve" on 6 one tablespoon pureed "soupy-pasty 1 bite meals" daily -- 2 to 4 weeks.
      So far! -- almost 2 months' total -- crash-diet on doctor's orders!
      Phase 3: "Starve" on six meals of two tablespoons per day, that's about six 1/4 cup "meals" of soft, mashed foods -- 2 to 4 added weeks of this.
      Phase 4: "Starve", for life. 3 tiny 1/2 cup -- 2 to 4 weeks and finally get up to a mini-feast of three "1-cup meals" of soft, chopped foods.

      Suffer a life sentence: No big, chewy bites of real steak or chicken, etc. -- but, Yes... munch ground or minced meats instead.
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    Lose weight by [near] starvation following the doctor's method of surgery: "Modified starvation" is why obese (such as 400 pound) people lose 200 pretty quickly. Realize that if you had "starved" like that (after that dangerous surgery) -- then phase 1 diet is only liquids: "Broth, Unsweetened juice, Milk, Strained cream soup, Sugar-free gelatin -- Doctor's Orders!"[1] for weeks -- safe enough?
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    Be safe: Eat a radically restricted diet, as if it is considered reasonably safe! Evidently, "Yes it is safe!" as radical-weight-loss surgeons all agree: clients can survive such a diet! Realize you have to be virtually starving to lose weight really fast.

Method 2
Lose 10 to 15 pounds per week -- without surgery:

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    Succeed with "Five Bite Diet" meals (like a modified fast). Crash-diet. Think it through simply: all foods turn into sugar (glucose); that is: When the body needs energy but when you have eaten very little. Expect your body's Krebs Cycle (cellular level chemistry) to change fat and protein to sugar, if you eat very little -- or sugar to fat, if you overeat? It will... that's its job.[2]
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    Digest a few meager bites of food and what happens: All caloric nutrients break down into sugar because you are not eating enough (not consuming a maintenance diet). The various sugars and starches, refined or raw, and complex carbs (about like 2 sugar molecules joined together), plus fats and proteins all turn to energy, sugar -- while your body burns some of your stored fat or some muscle protein so: eat that protein.

    Caution: Avoid burning your muscle! If you get too thin or too lean, there would be no more fat to burn. Stay strong...
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    Choose balance (for your health): Could you eat an unbalanced diet (sure!): But, Don't do it -- for too long! See, an apple may be 5 bites, but is less than 100 calories. 10 bites of apple per day is starvation, a pure and simple food fact. The same "no-no" is true for 10 big bites of lettuce or any other low nutrient food. On the other hand, 10 bites of banana or cooked beans is not such starvation, but that, also, is not balanced!
    • Be proud of handling planned hunger between meals: it is clearly a healthy thing to do as long as overall caloric intake stays high enough to maintain a healthy weight. You'll enjoy your food much more if you are somewhat hungry when you do eat.
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    Ask your doctor how much and what kind of food you should eat, if your stomach were stapled or bypassed. Ask him why "surgery and crash-diet" is better than just a crash-diet while saving thousands of dollars and not suffering a life of tiny meals from then on!
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    Consider reading the book of Dr. Alwin C. Lewis called "Why Weight Around?" (about his radical, restricted diet). Research his "Five Bites Diet", such as:
    • Fill-up with coffee or tea for breakfast (decaf for calm nerves?) -- your "daily clear liquid-diet" -- like phase 1, each morning. Drink about 12 gallon (1.9 L) of watery fluids (calorie-free beverages) each day (that's eight 8 oz. glasses).
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    • Eat 5 bites of food twice per day. Limit, eat ten bites each day, "Yes, 10." (He said 12 bites will work, also). The first 2 days are the hardest, but you get to choose to have any food you crave to help prevent feelings of deprivation that could cause you to quit your diet. Drink liquids between meals. Drinking too much liquid with your meals can leave you feeling overly full on 5 tiny bites and prevent you from eating enough nutrient-rich foods (eat big bites!).
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    Tell yourself, "Don't to worry, plenty food will be here tomorrow, the next day, next week, next year,..." No fear! Eat level or rounded tablespoon-sized bites (heaping tablespoon bites are okay -- but less effective, for rapid weight loss...). A crash 5-bite-dieter can take 5 large, satisfying bites, for example:
    • Eat a burger diet: 3 Bites of burger and 2 bites of fries.
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    • Try tacos: 2 bites of taco and 1 of guacamole and 1 of beans and 1 of rice.
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    • Veg-out: 3 large Brussels sprouts, 1 bite of ice cream and 1 of protein...
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    • Roll up:Fruity-tutti soft-taco. Try a burrito: Use beans (protein). Fruit roll up: Ripe mangoes or stewed apples as a taco.
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    • Pop-5: 1 of bread, a chunk of fruit, a Brussels sprout, 1ounce of meat or cheese, a mini-piece of candy, or as you like.

      Bingo! We have a winner ! -- a 5-bite-loser.
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    Consider trying the suggestion: "eat two medium-sized Snickers per day" for the first two weeks (or whatever you crave). Why -- because that may be satisfying and astonishing, as you may loss up to 20 or 30 pounds, in 2 or 3 weeks. A Snicker of 1.86 ounce (52.7 grams) has 250 calories, 12 grams of fat, 27 grams sugar, 4g protein, a little less than 10% protein, by weight (data from wrapper).
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    Check calories in your five chosen bites, if you want to know that info, for example, one rolled barbequed-chicken soft taco, with tomato and green onion tops:[3]
    • BBQ sauce (or such), 1 Tbsp ------------ 15 cal;
    • Hot chili sauce, 1tsp ------------------------- 5 cal;
    • 1 Chicken thigh, meat, large ------------ 200 cal;
    • 1 Tortilla flour, moist, fajita size (45g) --- 90 cal;
    • 1 Tomato, medium, cooked --------------- 25 cal;
    • Onion green tops, 1/2 cup, cooked ----- 20 cal;

      Total: 355 calories.

Method 3
Make it work

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    Make a fist when food is near to help remember that diet! Show your determination... Also, if you may eat when stressed, try squeezing a soft rubber ball/"stress-ball" instead, and see whether that is effective for you. Get busy to be occupied with things other than food...
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    Lose safely: Don't stay on quick weight (modified fasting/actually starvation) level more than a few (like three or four) weeks at a time.
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    Cycle on and off of the diet. While "off" savoring weeks of progress (30 pounds?) enjoying a 1/2 week break after weeks of the hard slogging: Take a retreat and eat at a buffet/but chow down on a ton of salad, plenty of vegges and some special protein, a dessert (or two like its your birthday party!)... Eat normally for a few days; then get back on the 10 bites, and march "on" to the battlefront, forward! Avoid eating very high fat, high cholesterol, or processed foods with undesirable chemicals, or other foods, such as hardened or partially-hardened fats or trans fats, which can be harmful, especially, if you have high cholesterol problems or cardiovascular disease.
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    Handle a big plate/big meal: Take one bite of each kind of food on your plate (up to 5 or 6), slowly, enjoying the tastes. One bite is enough to savor the flavor! Dump the rest, to avoid eating it, or get it boxed to take it home for your next 2 days' meals. Make a fist! According to Dr. Lewis, you'll stop feeling as hungry after three days on the diet because your body will feel full on this smaller amount of food.
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    Eat as follows: Get about 10% protein (1 big bite of a high quality protein food), every day on the diet (Snickers and Baby Ruth have some peanuts, a protein food).
    • Take a multivitamin supplement every day on your diet. Talk to your doctor, whether you might need to take additional supplements, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, etc.
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    • Drink non calorie beverages, as much as you want -- as long as it is basically water.
    • Breakfast: Coffee or tea (black please). (AM snack: 1/4 cup fruit, berries - optional)
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    • Lunch: 5 bites of food. (Afternoon snack: 1 bite yogurt or ice cream - optional)
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    • Dinner: 5 bites of food. (PM snack: 6 nuts or 2 chips, celery or such - optional)
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    • Get a big bite of protein each day “on average”, not empty junk foods...
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    Maintain your losses easily when finished -- eating three 7 bite meals, or such. If you like, go for 4 meals of 5 bites: -- Tah Dah: 20 Bites!
    • Eat just enough to stop losing...
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  • If you prefer surgery: Mayo Clinic says that you would not eat or drink at all, for one to two days after gastric bypass surgery so that your stomach can start to heal, as the doctor says: Start this after bypass-surgery-diet of phase 1 liquids [forced starvation?] to see how you tolerate foods after surgery, and in phase 1, do as your surgeon might say, such as: Sip fluids -- broth, clear juices -- slowly for several days, with no solids at all. Drink only 2 to 3 ounces (60 to 90 milliliters, mL); that's a meal! See that's about 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Choose "one" liquid at a time for a feeding/meal.
    • Next phase, puree/grind all foods to consistency of a paste -- for phase 2 semisolid foods -- only a thick liquid for 2- to 4-weeks, slowly and in small amounts, yum-yum:[1]
    • Wait about 30 minutes after a meal to drink anything. Chop solid foods to eat foods of regular consistency with firmer texture, with your doctor's OK, after a few weeks of pureed foods.
    • Add soft, solid foods to your diet as Phase 3, for 8 weeks: If you can mash your food with a fork, it's soft enough to include in this phase of your diet, to include: Ground or finely diced meats, Canned or soft, Fresh fruit, Cooked vegetables.
    • After about 3 to 4 months begin "Phase 4: Solid foods", gradually returning to eating firmer foods. You may find that you still have difficulty eating spicier foods or foods with a crunchy textures. Take caution with: Nuts and seeds, Popcorn, Dried fruits, Sodas and carbonated beverages, Granola, Stringy or fibrous vegetables, such as celery, broccoli, corn or cabbage, Tough meats or meats with gristle, Breads. They typically aren't well tolerated in the weeks after surgery and might cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Over time, you may try some of these foods again, with the guidance of your doctor. Throughout all four phases, you should: Keep meals very small.
    • During the normalizing diet progression, you should start with six small (1/4 cup) meals a day, then move to four meals and finally, when following a regular diet, decrease to three meals a day of about a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of food, total. Make sure you eat only the recommended amounts and stop eating before you feel full.
    • Take a multivitamin supplement every day for the rest of your life. Focus on high-protein foods: lean cuts of beef, chicken, pork, fish or beans to your diet. Low-fat cheese, cottage cheese and yogurts also are good protein sources. Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. High in fat or added sugars will be hard to digest or tolerate. Avoid foods that are fried. Look for sugar-free options of soft drinks and dairy products.


  • Rotate on and off this diet to not overdo it. Staying on it too long would seem unhealthful.
  • Avoid burning away your muscle fiber! If you get too thin or too lean, there would be no excess fat to burn.

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