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Following Fad Diets Can Be Detrimental to Your Health

Aug 15, 2008
It seems everyone is on a diet these days. And, many of them are the so called "fad diets." There are advertisements for diet programs and diet products everywhere you look. These advertisements claim that you can achieve a significant weight loss in just a few days. But, be careful! The weight that you lose in a short amount of time is typically water weight. In fact, a whopping 90% of it! The weight will be put right back on as soon as your body rehydrates. If your body doesn't rehydrate, you can suffer life-threatening health problems.

Other fad diets may not have such outrageous claims but are generally over priced and not as effective as they claim. Some of the diet programs that provide food as part of the program have food that just plain tastes bad. Of course you'll lose weight if that's the only thing you eat! Other diets can be very restrictive, not with just the amounts of food you are allowed to eat, but with the times of day you can eat them. Many are so restrictive that they are nearly impossible to follow and the dieter gives up on it after a few days.

Most diets that predict a speedy and easy weight loss are based on a certain food, like the grapefruit diet. Following a diet like this for very long is not good for your health. You do not get the nutritional benefits that you do from a balanced diet. Some suggest that you take vitamins when following the diet, but vitamins alone aren't going to keep you healthy.

When you start a new diet, you're probably super-motivated. But, you'll soon become bored with eating the same things over and over again. After a short while, you will give up and feel that it's your fault that you couldn't follow the diet. Not true! The "non" diet you should follow is a balanced meal plan with the correct amount of food groups. If you do lose weight following the diet, you'll most likely gain it back in just a short time.

Fad diets do not follow the guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association. A meal plan that is low in fat and high in nutritive value is much better for you than a weight loss "crash" diet that restricts you to just a few food types.

You should be making lifestyle changes that result in long-term results instead of following a "quick" weight loss diet. Modifying your eating habits is the only way to stay at your target weight once you've lost the weight you want. Yo-yo weight loss can be just as detrimental to your health as being overweight. Stick to a healthy weight loss plan with reasonable portion sized meals for the best results.

Keep your body healthy with fruits and vegetables and keep the fat content of the foods you eat to a minimum. Fad diets will not help you lose weight for the long-term. Eating a wide range of healthy food, exercising regularly is the "non" diet plan to follow.
About the Author
Jude Wright is the owner of "Dieters Cookbook" at DietersCookbook.com.
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