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Why You Need To Ignore Fad Diets To Lose Weight

Fad diets are everywhere these days.  You only need to open up a glossy magazine or a newspaper to find yet another one, often being backed by some celebrity or other.  In many cases they are able to get “expert” support from nutritionists. They can make it seem like you can lose weight with very little effort and very quickly. It can all seem very tempting.

But the advice can often be more dangerous than it is effective, and short term gains rarely turn into long term benefits. The diets are often very difficult to sustain over the long term or maybe only designed to last a short period of time and then the weight will go back on. The experts themselves can often be dubious too.  Would you ever let someone operate on your brain that isn’t a qualified, experienced brain surgeon?  Then why listen to people who have done a short term course on nutrition when it comes to what you put in your body. Also why take notice of a celebrity endorsement unless they have a background in diets. Just because they like it or it worked for them, does not mean it will work for you or be safe for you.

Why You Should Ignore Fad Diets – The Dangers

The fact is there are a lot of dangers that can come with following fad diets vs more traditional dieting methods.

  1. Your Health.  Whilst we can all appreciate that for some people the need to lose weight is all but overwhelming, many of them don’t give you what your body needs.  Lack of certain vitamins, irregular consumption and foods that your body is not designed to consume in large quantities means that you run the risk of suffering many health issues thanks to fad diets. Losing weight is something that many people do need to do to get healthier and they may not be eating healthy foods anyway. However, changing to a diet which may lose weight but is still unhealthy is not the best way of going about it.
  2. Slowed Metabolism.  Even if the diet you are on is able to provide your body with what it needs, the often strict, low calorie side to these diets can slow your metabolism down.  This means that as you continue your diet, your metabolism will be burning less and less calories to perform basic functions, leaving you less able to lose weight via dieting or exercise in the mid to long term. The effects of a slow metabolism can last a long time as well and any yo-yo dieters will have noticed the effects of this.
  3. Lack of energy.  We need energy to be able to perform, from exercising to simply concentrating on our work.  A diet that is too severe, as many fad diets are, can leave you struggling for the energy that you need to get you through the day. This is because the types of food may not be right. If you are eating too many lower calorie carbohydrates these will cause a blood sugar rush and then it will drop down low causing a crash which will drain energy. It could also start you craving foods that are not healthy for you.
  4. Short term gains, long term losses.  Many fad diets are simply unsustainable over the long term.  Whilst you might struggle through in the short term, and manage to shed a few pounds, over the long term the story is very different.  Study after study has found that those that follow fad diets end up putting on more weight than they lose once they (inevitably) fall off the fad diet bandwagon.

Some fad diets end up being proven and so become part of the dieting “main stream”, but too many are proven to be at best unhelpful and at worst dangerous.  It can be so tempting to have a go at the diet because you want to lose a few pounds though. With the health issues that are associated with them, it is best to avoid fad diets and stick with those that are tried and tested.

So if you are looking to lose weight, then go along to your GP. Talk to them about the best proven methods to diet or have a look at the literature yourself. There is a lot of information online that you can get hold of free of charge which will help you to understand more about the science behind weight loss and why some diets work and many do not.

It is important to consider why you want to diet, why you are overweight and whether you already know what you need to do to lose weight. Consider how much weight you want to lose and whether you are doing it for the right reasons. If you are not doing it for health reasons, then you might be more tempted to do a fad diet and so be careful. Consider your health as well and also the benefits of a healthy diet in long term weight loss. If you get in to the habit of eating more healthily then this should help you to lose weight and see other health benefits. By following a diet that will teach you about healthy eating, you will understand why the food is doing you good and that should help you to understand the benefits better.

So although a fad diet can seem really good, they are not as good as they seem. You may lose weight quickly but because you learn nothing about healthy eating or how to keep the weight off, it will easily go back on again. You may even put on more than you lost. It is therefore far better to have a healthy diet that you can sustain for a long period.

Author Bio

Anne Stockway works as an intern on St. Claire Medical Center. Earning a medical experience to be a licensed Medical Practitioner. Her inspiration in the field of Medicine is one of her professor Dr. Rachna Mehra.

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