4 Fad Diets to Avoid

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    Fad diets are often marketed as the magic wands for weight loss. Promises are made that a good number of pounds will be lost in just a few weeks. These promises can be met but sustaining these results is a bit more tricky. Weight loss is one thing, healthy weight loss is another. Proper weight loss involves eating healthy, exercising regularly, and making permanent changes in lifestyle. 


    Tricks are the work of entertainers. Responsible dieting is the work of responsible dieters.


    The Fading Results of Fad Diets

    The Dukan Diet is a four-phase diet developed by French doctor and nutritionist Pierre Dukan. In the first phase, dieters are allowed to eat unlimited protein. During the second phase, dieters can eat protein and vegetables. In the third phase starches, fruit, cheese, and bread are allowed. The fourth and final phase allows dieters to have whatever they want as long as they: Use the stairs as often as possible; allow one day per week for protein alone; and eat three teaspoons of oat bran daily. Limiting carbohydrates while on the diet is recommended. 

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    Cutting out carbohydrates will promote the loss of water weight but not fat. Less carbohydrates translates into decreased sodium, which leads to increased water loss. The loss of water is seen most easily in a person's face which can make weight loss appear to be more than it truly is. 


    The HCG Diet involves restricting calories to between 500-800 calories per day (about 1/2 to 1/4 of the recommended intake) and using HCG, a hormone produced during pregnancy, as a supplement. HCG can be either injected or taken in pill form. It is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for weight loss.   


    Maintaining such low calorie intake for any extended period will be difficult as is getting the needed nutrition from such a small amount of food. In addition, a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reviewed the results of 24 studies on HCG. They found that HCG did not help fight obesity. HCG did not restrict appetite. Nor did HCG help to lose weight. 


    The Raw Food Diet bans foods that have been cooked or processed, maintaining that cookig destroys nutrients. While cooking does reduce nutrient levels, there is still a good amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals to be had. The overall impracticality of this diet is the drawback. Extreme amounts of time are spent juiciing, blending, dehydrating, sprouting, germinating, cutting, chopping, and rehydrating. 


    The Alkaline Diet cuts out meat, dairy, sweets, caffeine, alcohol, and artificial and processed foods. More fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds are to be eaten. There will most likely be some weight loss on this diet although our bodies are pretty good at keeping pH levels just where they need to be. Cutting out the foods recommended in this diet will not effect pH levels. Plus, there is no research that proves pH levels effect weight to begin with. This diet is quite strict and bans foods that contribute to healthy eating.    


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Published On: August 01, 2014