Top 5 Fad Diets

Fad Diets What is a fad diet?

There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to nutrition and diets. A fad diet is supposed and promoted to improve health, but could have the opposite results if it is nutritionally unbalanced. You need to be careful, because fad diets can be harmful to your health and to your wallet.

Fad diets may:

  • Promote quick weight loss or make unrealistic promises.
  • Suggest special products or require special dietary supplements.
  • Require certain foods to be eaten at a particular times of the day.
  • Require you to limit or avoid some food groups, even healthy foods.
  • Promise magical quick fixes.

Health Issues

Fad diets are tempting if you want to lose weight fast, however, they present many concerns to health care providers:

  • Insufficient calories: Inadequate caloric intake can put the body into a state of starvation and may cause health problems in both the short- and long-term.
  • Insufficient fiber: The lack of fiber may cause constipation.
  • Lack of vital nutrients.
  • Not permanent: Fad diets do not teach a person better, healthier eating habits. The result is that the weight loss is not permanent; as soon as a normal eating pattern is resumed, the dieter begins to regain lost pounds, and may end up in worse shape than before.

1. The Lemonade Diet

Daily calories: 50

Beyonce lost nearly 20 pounds (9 kg) for her role in the movie, ‘Dreamgirls’ and that happened only in a few weeks. She followed the Master Cleanse Diet, also known as the Lemonade Diet to shed those extra pounds. Some diets cut down your sugar and fat intake, others advise you to stay away from carbs, but the Lemonade Diet tells you to stay away from all food. That’s right! A complete fast is the key factor in this 10-40 day “diet”. In fact, the only thing followers are allowed to put in their bodies is water, but not just any water. It has to be water mixed with lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper – like that would provide you the nutrients you need.

2. The Liquid Diet

Daily calories: 100

A liquid diet incorporates either partial meal replacement or all fluid consumption, which may be in the form of tea and juices. Short-term weight loss can be achieved, but when the shakes are eventually eliminated from the diet, pounds tend to be regained. In most cases, the replacement of food with fluids, even if medically supervised, simply will not be practical in the long term for those who need to lose only a minimal amount of weight

3. The Hollywood Diet

Daily calories: 500

Also known as the “48-hour miracle diet”, this diet claims that people can lose between 5 – 15 pounds (2 – 7 kg). The main ingredient of this diet is a “specially formulated juice drink” that is supposed to stimulate your metabolism and help you burn fat. This juice will be the only nutritive substance that a dieter may consume for the next couple of days. Food is not allowed. The juice claims to contain 100 % of the necessary vitamins and minerals you need in a regular diet, along with enzymes and other “botanical extracts”.

4. The Cabbage Soup Diet

Daily calories: 500-700

Soup in a diet? It sounds good. But soup at every meal for seven days sounds strange and unhealthy to me. For Diane Sawyer it doesn’t, because she’s a fan of the cabbage soup diet. Cabbage is no magic a food and it does not melt away fat. It’s just a vegetable low in calories (25) and fat (0 g). Concentrating to only one food and excluding the others is probably what makes you lose weight. You’ll undoubtedly become sick of the soup and eat less and less of it. Less food equals fewer calories, and fewer calories means weight loss.

5. The Grapefruit Diet

Daily calories: 800

You eat a grapefruit at every meal, along with a small amount of protein (eggs, beef or chicken), black coffee, and salad. The diet claims that the massive weight loss is due to the fat-burning enzyme that the grapefruit contains, but the truth is that rapid weight loss will occur due to the low calorie intake.

A Better Way

A safer, healthier, more sustainable way to lose weight is to follow a healthy eating plan, incorporate exercise in your daily activities, get adequate sleep, keep hydrated and reduce stress. Don’t die for a diet!

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