From bookstore shelves to spam emails, the world around us is saturated with different dieting solutions promising that they’re the healthy weight loss diet that you’ve been waiting for. Whether or not you have actually purchased one of these books, it’s pretty easy to see that the majority of them are too good to be true.
The majority of them are simply fads that will come and go because they’ll allow for some immediate fat loss and then you either stop losing weight, quit altogether, or rebound and start gaining weight once more. Though they may appear in different forms and under different names, fad diets are made up of the same six concepts that are recycled over and over again.
The six fads to watch out for
Among the many fads that promise a healthy weight loss diet, there are six that always seem to weasel their way back into our lives every few years. They are as follows:
1. Eating Fat-Free – this diet promises that as long as you don’t eat any fat, you can eat whatever you’d like. The idea is that as long as you’re not eating any fat, you won’t get fatter. In reality, though, the majority of the fat-free products that are currently for sale are jammed with sugar and other empty calories designed to replace the flavor of fat.
They don’t provide much in terms of vitamins, minerals, or fiber, so it will only make you unhealthy and send your metabolism reeling until you finally rebound and gain weight again when you start eating normally once again.
2. 100-Calorie snack packs – virtually every brand of snack on the market today now has its tiny 100-calorie individually packaged version that is supposed to let you snack without the risk of gorging.
Though the concept seems to be a good one, these snacks are typically unhealthy, low in fiber, and not very filling, so that you won’t feel satisfied by eating them. This means that you’ll likely eat more than one bag, or you’ll eat something else, negating the value of the snack pack’s measured calories.
3. The calorie vacuum – this one says that if you simply eat an amazingly low number of calories, then all you have to do is sit back and watch the weight fall off. In actuality, this will only slow the metabolism, causing the body to go into “starvation mode”, where you’ll feel hungry, you won’t lose much weight, and when you do start eating again, your weight will skyrocket.
Even a brisk daily walk of 20 to 30 minutes can make an enormous difference on a calorie-reduced diet. Any healthy weight loss diet must include some increased activity level.
4. Detoxing – this diet promises that you’ll lose weight instantly by cleaning up your digestive system and removing the tremendous amounts of toxic sludge that has been building up inside you throughout your lifetime. In reality, the body is actually very good at removing its own toxins, as long as you eat a high fiber diet to ensure that you’re regular.
5. Protein, protein, protein – as long as you’re eating protein and removing carbs, then you can eat all the fat you want, according to this fad. Instead, it’s a much healthier idea to balance the levels of protein, carbs, and fat in your diet.
Whenever possible, try leaner proteins such as chicken or fish, and eat lots of veggies. Whole grain carbs and dairy are great for you and shouldn’t be removed, or you risk your proper nutrition.
6. Snack Cake and Donut Diet – The idea here is that as long as you stay within your maximum calorie limit, it really doesn’t matter what you eat. If you want to eat donuts and snack cakes all day, then you can, as long as you don’t overdo your limit. Except for the fact that every day that you eat like this, your body will lose crucial vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which can be detrimental to your health.
If you’re serious about losing weight and skipping the fads, then download your free copy of the “Experts Guide to Understanding Weight Loss” and work with a healthy weight loss diet that skips the fads and uses facts instead.[ad_2]
Source by Dr. William Berkowitz