The desire to lose some kilos leads to many lists with good intentions. But think before you start (too strict): after all, with strict dieting you reach the opposite, according to our expert.
It seems too good to be true: bite your teeth for a few weeks during a juice cure or a soup diet, so that you can quickly see the kilos fly off. And that is it. Contrary to what is claimed, such a temporary fast does not push your metabolism into overdrive at all.
The opposite is true, which makes the crash diet immediately a recipe for failure. Dietitian Elien Aerts: ‘Your body is rationing, as it were. The too small portions become the new standard, which greatly slows down your metabolism. The dreaded yo-yo effect lurks around the corner: as soon as you eat normally, your body will consider all those extra nutrients as plentiful and convert them into extra fat. For that reason, radical changes in your diet can, in any case, be avoided. ‘
What does help? The only thing that really makes you digest faster is movement. You do not even have to go to the sports club for that. Just standing up after lunch, in the evening letting the dog go out or even ironing for an hour straight: useful for you and your body.