Learning about the different types of diets out there (fad or not) is always interesting. Have you ever heard about the “Last Chance Diet”? Is it safe?
The Last Chance Diet
The Last Chance Diet was written by Dr. Roger Linn back in the 1970s. The meaning behind the title was just a way to say that this is an ultimate way to get yourself to lose weight if you’ve tried everything and else and nothing seems to be working.
Like the ketogenic diet, a diet that has gained popularity over the past couple of years, and seems to be working wonders for people, the last chance diet requires you to starve your body so it can resort to your fat stores for energy.
However, unlike the ketogenic diet, which requires you to reduce your carb intake, but have a high intake of protein, fats, and other important nutrients, this diet requires you to only consume a Pro-Linn 400 calorie protein shake per day.
Is It Safe?
Unfortunately, this diet is just as unhealthy as it sounds. Unlike the ketogenic diet, the last chance diet won’t just be making your body use your fat resources, but also your muscle and organ tissues.
According to MenSXP, the 400 calorie shake does not adequately help preserve your protein, as its protein content was not of high enough quality to help prevent the breakdown of your body’s proteins. Its collagen content quality was also pretty low, obtained from byproducts from slaughterhouses. It also did not have much else in it, which caused people who followed the diet to suffer severe muscle and organ tissue loss.
It also caused a deficiency of micronutrients, which created an electrolyte imbalance. This produces many severe symptoms such as heart arrhythmia. An estimated 60 people of the 2 million who followed this diet died as a result.
It’s important to understand that not all diets that are effective are necessarily healthy or even safe.