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Fad Weight Loss Diets - The Pros and Cons
of Fad Dieting
It is very tempting to try the amazing new fad diet that you have
found in the latest magazine that promises the world with fantastic
fat losses and without you having to move a muscle.
Just take a couple of fat burning pills follow the weight loss
diet and then bang! A brand new you in a couple of weeks...
The sad fact is that fad weight loss diets do not work, they just
provide more suffering in your efforts to lose weight. The only
thing you lose is your hard earned money.
Firstly we will look at the latest fad diets on the scene at the
moment, their pros and cons and then you will be shown how to save
your time, money and unnecessary suffering by pointing you in the
right direction for permanent weight loss.
The latest studies show that 90 per cent of people on fad diets
regain everything they lose and sometimes even gain more within
The Atkins Diet
The body burns carbohydrates and then fat for energy.
This weight loss diet involves limiting the intake of starchy,
high carb foods so that the fat is burned first. So by
eating meat, cheese and eggs and keeping bread and potatoes
to a minimum, fat is lost.
Pros: Steak with cheese topping, Chocolate mocha ice cream
and pork scratchings.
Cons: Studies show high protein diets lead to increased risk
of heart disease, colon cancer, bad breath (halitosis) and
constipation. Consuming more carbohydrate that can
be used by the body will store this excess in fat cells.
The Zone Diet
This weight loss diet claims to decrease hunger and boost energy
keeping your bodies eating habits in the zone or at its peak.
This is done by keeping all your meals and snacks in the ratio
of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, 30% fats.
Pros: Being a low calorie diet, you can't help but lose weight.
Cons: Very difficult to adhere to the strict regime the diet
requires. Will experience metabolism slow down because of low
calories and will lead to starvation response which will eat
away at the muscle tissue while retaining the fat.
The Blood Group Diet
By having a blood test and determining your blood group, this
then tells you how you can absorb nutrients, thus you can plan
your weight loss diet accordingly. Different blood groups can eat
different food groups.
Pros: Another calorie restricting diet so weight will be lost.
Cons: There appears to be little clinical and scientific evidence
behind this diet and by the elimination of whole food groups important
nutritional deficiencies are likely with long term health problems
The Ashram Diet
This weight loss diet is basically a very low calorie diet (near
starvation)which is coupled with a very high intensity exercise
A sample of this diet would include: One boiled egg for
breakfast, a green salad for lunch and a baked potato with
salsa for dinner.
Pros: A very quick weight loss, 10 - 15 lbs in a week (Mostly
muscle tissue and water).
Cons: Fast weight loss leads to many unpleasant side effects
such as bad breath, bone loss, constipation, deprivation of nutrients
(vitamins and minerals), muscle loss, metabolism slow down, headaches
and poor sleep. Who would want all these problems for the sake of
quick weight loss where the weight will eventually be put back on
and more in a couple of months?
The Hay Diet
The main rule to follow for this fad diet is to not eat protein
carbohydrates together. Combination of these two foods together
appears to prevent protein from being digested in the gut and
can lead to an accumulation of toxins. Vegetables and fruit
form the bulk of the diet with very small portions of protein
Pros: Plenty of fruit and veggies in the diet means plenty of
vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Cons: There doesn't appear to be too much scientific evidence
about food combinations and by limiting yourself to certain food
groups you will miss out on important nutrients.
All these weight loss diets work because of a drastic cut in calories,
when this happens our metabolic rate can be brought down in a matter
of 36 hours by as much as 50% which means your body is now burning
only half of your calories. To compound matters further, hunger
kicks in after a period of inadequate eating setting you up for
over eating and binging.
Everyone is an individual so have to be careful of diets that require
you to set out what types of foods and quantities you have to eat
at every meal. Just because a movie star lost weight on a fad diet
doesn't mean that you will. Before starting a weight loss program
take into account your age, fitness levels, activity levels and
A real weight loss program includes all the food groups, strength
training, low level aerobics, a slight decrease in your daily calorie
levels and a program that can be followed for life.