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The Real Dangers of Fad Dieting

Aug 29, 2008
There are many fad diets to choose from. Most of them reel you in with the promise of quick weight loss. We lose are rational minds and start a two day diet to lose ten pounds. This leaves us disappointed and probably not feeling very well after the two days. We need to start looking at the dangers of fad dieting. If you really lost ten pounds you would be dehydrated, have an electrolyte imbalance and mineral deficiencies. The promises of fad diets sound to good to be true because they are.

The American Heart Association (AHA) studied fad dieting and came up with some dangers of fad dieting. The AHA says fad dieting violates the rules of good nutrition. Good nutrition is eating a balance of different kinds of food. The AHA goes on to say there are no Super Foods that will take off the weight. They maintain that people should eat a variety of foods from all the food groups. The AHA also says fad dieting takes the best part of eating away. That is, eating the food. You should like what you eat and feel satisfied.

The dangers of fad dieting are they may lead someone to binge. The dieter gets so bored with the food that he or she has a big slip. Some people might binge and purge. Purging is an attempt to get rid of the food you ate by vomiting or use of laxatives. The purger may not eat anything for a few days to compensate for their binge. All of these encompass part of the dangers of fad dieting.

According to the AHA, around 1977, there was a protein diet which use consisted of digested collagen with additives. This diet has been thought to cause 60 deaths over the years. This was over thirty years ago and the dangers of fad dieting are just as strong today.

The AHA suggests that you forget about fad diets and eat a balanced meal to keep your body at a healthy weight. The AHA also has its own healthy way to lose weight diet program, to lose weight sensibly.

The dangers of fad dieting are that they do not teach you the way to eat to deep the weight off. Dieters do not learn healthy diets for long term weight management. It can be a whole lifestyle change for some people.

Another reason dieters should look before they leap is that fad diets can lead to depression. Depression is a mental illness that may need to be treated by professionals.

The fad diet may actually do what it promises losing weight fast; but the dieter returns to their regular weight just as quickly. The weight lost in fad diets is from water in our body, not fat. Your body will naturally return to a state that is out of dehydration.

One of the dangers of fad diets can be that children and teens may try them. A web site called Kid Health, states that one out of every three children are overweight or obese. Teens report that they feel a lot of shame for, being over weight. It leads them to feel bad about themselves. Children need good balanced nutrition to function. A fad diet may affect his so her performance in school. A fad diet may leave the child feeling weak because his electrolytes are out of balance. Finally, the dangers of fad dieting is if the child persists on the diet it can stunt this or her growth. There are healthy ways to lose weight with a balanced diet. Children can learn how to eat a well balanced diet for their lifetime.
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Are you clueless about the dangers of fad dieting? There are so many fad diets in today's dieting world.
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