Getting Fit: Ignore the Fad Diet

Beware the Fad Diet

fad dietHave you wanted to lose weight but thought you had to jump through hoops to do it? You aren’t alone. Every year America spends $60 billion dollars towards the diet and health industry. That money gets spent on things like unnecessary nutritional supplements and ingredients that Dr. Oz swears by, expensive juicers, gym memberships, and organic foods from the latest fad diet. But, how bad can they be? Today, I will list a couple of reasons to avoid fad diets at all costs.


They Can Produce Harmful Results

Around the early 2000’s, I remember getting put on the low carbohydrate, high protein Atkins diet for a short while.  After that, I stopped to focus on other things. It was a good thing that I didn’t hop on that bandwagon for too long because the long-term effects of that diet increased mortality rates among men and women.

And the harm doesn’t stop there. The Paleo/Caveman diet, a diet that consists of eating plants and meat around your neighborhood, can lead to nutritional deficiencies. According to the UC Davis Medical Center, “The typical paleo diet puts most at risk for deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D, which are critical to bone health.  At the same time, saturated fat and protein can be consumed far above recommended levels, increasing the risk of kidney and heart disease and certain cancers.”

And that is only the best case scenario. If the dieting gets even more strict, there is a good chance that you could wind up extremely malnourished or pick up an eating disorder.


They Only Work Short Term

The Biggest Loser was a weight loss related tv show that pitted contestants in teams against one another to determine who could lose fad diet, the most weight in the shortest amount of time. A scientist at the National Institute of Health watched the show and recorded the results of one season over time. What he learned was that after they had left the reality tv show and started integrating into the real world, “13 of the 14 contestants gained, on average, 66% of the weight they’d lost on the show, and four were heavier than they were before the competition.”  In fact, the chances of keeping weight off after losing it in a diet are 5%.

That is not only frustrating but is practically making the practice of dieting outright useless. What’s more, there is no guarantee that drastic weight loss will always guarantee you better health. According to this study, “An intensive lifestyle intervention focusing on weight loss did not reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in overweight or obese adults with type 2 diabetes.”

So what should you do instead of picking up a fad diet? Find out Next Week.


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