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Fit for Life:What Are Fad Diets

Mar 2nd 2011 at 1:11 PM

Fit for Life:What Are Fad Diets

By Debra Flowers 

To ensure LIFE LASTING results, sometimes quicker is NOT always better.

Fit for Life:What Are Fad Diets

Have you ever heard of the phrase “Microwave Society?” Well, what that simply means is society, (meaning me too), wants results quick, fast and in a hurry. The problem with that is, in regard to healthy living, the results are usually NOT lasting. We go on these crazy fad diets, and by the way I dislike the word diet, to me it suggests temporary. But as I was saying, we go on these crazy fad diets barely eating anything at all, and we MIGHT lose a bunch of weight but in the process a few things happen. First thing, and most importantly, we DID NOT learn how to live realistically.

With the awareness of the harmful effects of high blood pressure, diabetes and numerous other illnesses that come with obesity, weight loss is on everyone's minds these days. But as we all know, healthy weight loss is only possible through diet and exercise. There are numerous diet plans that advocate quick weight loss in a couple of days or weeks. These specially planned diets are based on the theory that a person should consume only specific types of food in a specified duration. Fad diets are strict diets which may sometimes lead to starvation. While these fad diets may work for some, they may have negative consequences for others. I am not advocating these sorts of fad diets but if you decide to take the plunge then you should know what's involved.

 Below are some pros and cons of Fad Diets.

 Pros of Fad Diets

  • Most of the fad diets are to be followed in a short period of time and hence, they are easier to follow.
  • As there is a very little calorie intake in nearly all fad diets, there are high chances of losing weight.
  • As most fad diets emphasize on the intake of fruits and vegetables, a person gains all the essential vitamins, fibers, minerals.
  • Elimination of refined carbohydrates, fats, sugars, etc., from the diet helps in maintaining proper blood sugar.
  • Some of the fad diets are properly planned (the zone diet) including all the essential nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc. and hence, there are lesser chances of suffering from side effects.
  • Some fad diets like the master cleanse, also helps in complete detoxification, which can help in enhancing the texture of the skin along with weight loss.
  • With the initial weight loss, you gain enthusiasm and continue eating healthy food.

 Cons of Fad Diets

  • Certain fad diets like the cabbage soup, master cleanse or chocolate diet, make a person deficient in necessary vitamins, minerals and proteins.
  • Fad diets that advocate a high protein low carb diet can cause the body to become low in electrolytes.
  • The potential side effects of fad diets can be low blood pressure. Kidney stones, weakness, lack of sleep and fatigue.
  • Most of the fad diets urge people to completely cut down on carbohydrates and fats; this can lead to lack of energy.
  • Lack of fluids or excess fluids in the body can lead to the state dehydration or diarrhea respectively.
  • Following a fad diet for a longer period of time can lead to vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition.
  • It has been reported that after the diets were finished, most people gained weight because they were unable to maintain that way of eating.

Sometimes quicker is not always better. To ensure LIFE LASTING results, I would rather you learn how to eat realistically, along with CONSISTENT exercise!



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