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3 Vital Effects of Fad Diets

Sep 10, 2008
A fad diet means a controlled eating plan that lacks in sufficient calories. It is the method for quickly loss in weight. There are different types of fad diets such as low carbohydrates diet, 3-day diet, negative calorie diet, low fat diet, and zone diet. However, before you use these fad diets, you should know about its effects on health.

The serious problems found all over the world is obesity and its rise to several health problems. Hence, you need to lose excess body weight and maintain healthy weight. Medications, exercise and diet are the different methods of weight loss. Some of the people prefer fad diet for immediate weight loss. But, it can have many unfavorable effects on your health. In reality, healthy diet is essential for maintaining appropriate strength, body weight, and physical fitness for overall good health. It should contain a right proportion of fats, carbohydrates, proteins and healthy nutrients.

Fad diets consist of different types of diets such as very low-fat diets, very low-carbohydrates diets, paleo diets, vegan and macrobiotic diets, raw food and also, diets such as blood type and metabolic type. Because, these diets contain very low calories it results in quick weight loss and does not suit your health. In the majority cases, it is not fat loss, but it is actually water loss. Most of the fad diets are short-term diet plans, their menus are monotonous and do not provide adequate nutrition.

Effects of Fad Diets on Your Health

* Fad diets promised easy and quick weight loss involve eating any one type of food. It does not give any benefit like the balance diet provides. In addition to fad diets dietary supplements are necessary. Many dietary supplements are absorbed by the body only if they are taken along with foods, which are not allowed in fad diets. If you get fixed to fad diets for a prolonged time, then you may develop nutritional deficiencies.

* Generally fad diets are over restrictive and boring. These foods can not be enjoyed on a long term basis. Fad diets do not allow consuming enough servings of fruits and vegetables. Therefore, you have to develop the deficiencies of essential nutrients such as minerals and vitamins.

* Your body requires the correct proportion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates such as sixty five percent of carbohydrates, twenty to thirty five percent of fats, and ten to thirty five percent of proteins and nutrients through the diet. This requirement is not fulfilled through very low carbohydrates or low fat diets. Very low fat diets cause deficiencies relating to essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Balance weight reduction is a temporary feature. Fad diets do not lead towards permanent weight loss. But, if you stick to a compensating diet program you may be able to reduce weight. When you move on to a regular diet then there will be a quick and significant weight gain.
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