Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Popular Diets and Why They Don’t Work!

The master cleanse- this diet boasts of “clearing toxins” from your body. But Doctors have proven this to be absolutely not true, there is no evidence of these alleged “toxins”. Your body is engineered to naturally cleanse itself within at the most three days. If you feel.... ahem plugged up, simply incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet and cut out the junk food!

Calorie counting- cutting too many calories too fast will send a message to your brain to go into starvation mode. This means your body will hold onto every calorie you put in your body and storing as much fat as it can. It will also burn calories slower to conserve energy to get you through the day. Eventually you will become weak, fatigued and agitated. Any weight that is lost is mostly water weight and will be put right back on the second you cave from this ridiculous diet. This method never lasts because being hungry, tired and cranky is no way to live.

Weight loss programs- (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc.) These programs set you up for failure in my opinion. Having pre-portioned meals delivered to your house or heated up in the microwave may offer a quick fix but does not teach you how to maintain. Once you go out to dinner or wean yourself off of the packaged meals, you go right back to your old eating habits and gain all that weight back.

Adderall Diet- This ADD medication has caused an uproar in Hollywood as the new diet for celebrities. The drug triggers the release of dopamine in the brain which regulates pleasure. The side effects are a feeling of euphoria and loss of appetite. But dangerous side effects like migrane headaches, irritability when coming down which lead to mood swings, and increased heart rate. This drug is very addictive and should not be used recreationally.

Low Carbohydrate- Cutting all carbs will leave you fatigued, irritable, and starving like the Atkins diet. The low carb diet works if your only cutting back on refined the carbs such as soda and foods made with white flour, while loading up on healthier carbs like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Weight-loss pills- They aren’t approved by the FDA for a reason!! Unrealistic, unnatural, and unhealthy! They are dangerous, they screw with your metabolism and if (that is a big ‘if’) you lose weight on them, I can guarantee you with 99% accuracy that you will gain it all back and then some. If I haven’t made myself clear as glass yet, DON’T DO IT!!

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