A fit and healthy body is what everyone is looking for. Some of us may try every single weight-loss technique that a friend or the internet recommends. Some weight-loss diets are nutritionally sound and consistent with recommendations for healthy eating, while others are simply ‘fad’ diets encouraging irrational and, sometimes, unsafe practices. These popular diets or ‘fad diets’ are more or less harming your body, let alone making it healthy.
Atkins, Liquid diet, GM diet, Protein Power, Sugar Busters, Zone and ADA Exchange are some of the popular fad diets doing the rounds these days. All of these diets are said to promote weight-loss and some of them may even do so – but only temporarily. It is important to take a look at their long-term effects before committing to a new diet plan and jeopardizing your health. Here are some reasons why you must avoid fad diets.
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Sudden weight gain:
Fad diets claim to help you lose weight quickly and easily with minimal effort on your part. This may be reason enough to make them tempting but one must realize that everything has a flip-side. Any health expert will tell you that the only way to effectively lose weight and keep it off, is by making healthier, long-term changes to your lifestyle. Needless to say making these changes is not exactly easy or quick. However, when you try a new fad diet, it may give you the results that it promised, but it may harm your body from within in the bargain. You’ll lose lots of weight in the initially phase, but what you probably don’t know, is that most of it is just water weight. So once you finish the diet and resume your normal lifestyle, there’s a good chance that you’ll gain the weight back – with a few additional pounds of course.
Changes in metabolism: Fad diets require you to eat a structured amount of food on a particular schedule, which means you end up altering your metabolism. Not listening to your body and restricting its natural metabolism can do more harm than good. This change in metabolism can cause negative effects that last.
Nutritional deficiencies: Fad diets may restrict what type of food you can consume. But there are certain types of food you need to eat for its nutritional properties. This can lead to a serious nutritional deficiency which can cause you to feel fatigued and unable to function normally.
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The nutritional deficiencies that fad diets cause, may also lead to serious health conditions like hair loss. Carbohydrates and proteins are necessary to keep our hair stronger and healthier. Not getting enough of these nutrients may lead to poor hair health which can lead to brittleness which can turn into breakage and hair-fall.
Muscle loss: Muscle loss is another negative effect of fad diets. Since your diet is very low in calories, your body will look for other ways to get energy. One of these ways is by melting your muscles. This is actually detrimental to weight loss because muscles help you burn more calories even when you are at rest.
So if you’re thinking of following a fad diet, think again. Don’t risk your health. And if you’ve already had a bad experience with a fad diet… well what do I say? Once bitten, twice shy!