What Dangers Are Associated With Fad Diets?

What is a fad diet? Fad diets are best described as a quick way to lose weight that is often only popular for short periods of time. Fad diets can range from methodologies as deeply ingrained as the Atkins and the Zone diet or as unsustainable as the Cabbage Soup Diet or the Special K Challenge Diet.

First of all, it should be understood that the weight loss claims made by proponents of these diets are not only volatile, but also unhealthy. Diets like the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Grapefruit Diet, in the case of the Cabbage Soup Diet, will make you windy, and in either case, you won’t regain the weight until immediately afterward.

Fad diets will often place too much emphasis on one type of food or food. For example, one diet that seems absurd to me is the Special K Challenge which calls for replacing two of your three meals with any flavor of Special K cereal with 2/3 cup of low-fat milk, which typically results in a weight of 5 pounds . loss after two weeks. The diet even calls for snacks consisting of Special K snack bars or fruits and vegetables. Amazingly, there is virtually no decent source of protein in this diet. While scanning the Special K website, the research used to make such brash claims as healthy is vague. They claim that Kellogg’s ‘nutrition team’ worked closely with ‘leading universities’ to come to their far-fetched conclusion. To me, this means little more than a clever marketing ploy led by the Kellogg Corporation. Such diets do not take into account that people who are truly committed to weight loss also exercise several days a week, so there would be a shortage of calories needed to properly fuel the body. Essentially, nutritional problems arise when a so-called “superfood” becomes the centerpiece of a diet.

Another diet that falls into the superfood category is the cabbage soup diet. These, along with some other unadorned diets, are believed to have come from hospitals. Diets such as the Cabbage Soup Diet have been reportedly consumed by patients in the week before undergoing heart surgery. By the end of the week, after only eating cabbage soup and fruits and vegetables, one should lose between 10 and 17 pounds. Unfortunately, one cannot sustain such a restricted diet for long periods without feeling the ill effects of such a poor diet, such as vitamin deficiencies and the toxic effects of cannibalized muscle tissue.

In addition, this massive weight loss cannot be sustained once the normal diet is resumed, as water makes up a large percentage of the weight lost, and to make matters worse, these diets do not offer a plan to gradually and safely reduce calories without your own calories. endanger. Health. No matter how delicious the food is, no one should be considered a panacea. All diets must be as balanced as possible so that no adverse effects occur.

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