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Jan 10

Fad Diets Don’t Work…

…And here’s why.

In my own quest to be thin, I have often looked for a quick fix. I have tried numerous “diets.” I’ve tried a shake for breakfast, one for lunch and a sensible dinner. The shakes were disgusting and left me hungry for more. I’ve tried the all protein diet. This did work, but soon my body was craving carbs. I’ve tried counting points and this truly did work, and I learned a lot about portion control, but I also found ways to eat all my points in brownies instead of eating healthier. I tried diet pills way back when and I was left with a racing pulse and talking faster than you can imagine from all of the caffeine the pills had.

Now, in my thirties, I’ve decided it is time for me to just be healthy, once and for all. I’ve worked out very hard for years and I think that’s the only way to do it. There is no quick fix. It takes time, hard work, and dedication. I’ve always said that I feel like my body is a piece of art for me to craft how I wish. I wish for me and my body to be healthy and in shape.

I have done a lot of research for this because I want to really be able to get my point across. The best way to do so is to give you the to reasons why fad diets are simply a waste of time and money.

In my mind, this is one of the top reasons: Fad diets can really mess up your metabolism. Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Depending on your age , and activity level, it can burn fast or slow. The body, in its normal state, called homeostasis, learns to maintain the weight you normally carry after a period of time. Once you dramatically decrease calorie intake, your body, after time, will create a new homeostasis based on the lower calorie count. This means that when you begin eating regular food again you will grain back much more weight than before because your body is used to surviving on fewer calories. Losing weight slowly with a healthy diet of all types of foods will keep your metabolism working properly. If you are constantly losing and gaining, your body’s metabolism will never be right.

Most fad diets concentrate on the food you eat instead of the exercise you should be adding. By just eliminating calories and not exercising, you may lose a few pounds but you are not turning it into lean muscle. Without muscle tone, your body looks flabby no matter how thin you are. An exercise program along with a healthy diet will make you look leaner and trimmer.

Most diets concentrate on the 3 meal-a-day concept. This leaves people hungry in-between meals. It usually isn’t the meals that sabotage a diet; it’s the hunger in-between. Snacking leads to over-eating and causes people to eventually give up the fad diet. People who eat several small, healthy meals and snacks a day tend to maintain their weight better while keeping their energy levels up. Those who “diet” this way also have more success in losing because they are less tempted to cheat.

Fad diets concentrate on losing weight too quickly. The initial weight you lose is water weight, fooling you into believing you are losing fat. When you go back to eating regular food, the water weight comes back too. Weight loss should be a gradual process to lose weight effectively and learn how to keep it off.

Remember when I said in the beginning, that the no/low carb diet had my body craving carbs? Here is why: Many fad diets limit carbohydrates, an important component in burning fat cells. The body extracts energy from fat with the help of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates from natural foods, such as fruits and vegetables, actually help muscle use fat for energy. Natural carbohydrates are actually good for you ten when you are trying to lose weight.

In the long run, fad diets can really be unhealthy for your body. By depriving your body of the nutrients it needs for long periods of time, you run the risk of damaging bones, vital organs, and even brain tissue. If you constantly yo-yo diet and lose and gain eight, you will put stress on your immune system and heart and lungs. Lose weight slowing with a healthy diet and exercise program. This really is the best, and healthiest, way to lose the points and stay fit for a lifetime.

I hope I’ve offered some good in-sight for you with regard to healthy dieting and the importance of exercise. Fad diets are quick fixes, not permanent solutions to the weight problem. You may lose weight initially, but as soon as you begin eating regular food again you gain weight back. The problem is your eating habits and lack of activity. Until you begin eating healthier and exercising regularly, your weight will continue to go up and down. This has been one of the hardest lessons that I have learned. In the end, it’s been a great lesson, too. I now enjoy looking for healthier options for food. I enjoy the fact that in the time it takes me to order a pizza, or hit the drive thru, I can cook up something delicious and healthy that my family will enjoy.

What fad diets have you tried… succeeded at …. been challenged with…. or will never do again? We love hearing from you. Please share your comments with us.

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