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How Fad Diets are an Unsafe Way to Lose Weight

Fad Diets are Not Here to Help

These days you can’t swing a cat without hitting a hundred different fad diets. Each one claims to be more “all the rage” than the one before it. Whether it’s the grapefruit diet from grandma’s day, or the no-carb Atkins diet, they are everywhere. We are inundated by advertisements from an industry that tries to convince us that the next magical diet is just the ticket to help us shed pesky pounds. What none of these fad diet pushers are telling us is just how much they can jeopardize health.

The fact is, and ANY doctor with a real medical degree will tell you, your body NEEDS carbohydrates, salt, fat, and calories to function. There IS a difference between a “good” carb and a “bad” one. Some diets lump all carbohydrates and fats into the same “no-no” category. This is not good nutrition. Fruits and vegetables all contain good fats and carbs that our bodies require in order to function.

Another thing these diets never address is exercise. Every single one of them claims “no exercise required!” They want us to believe that without ever getting up off our couch we can have the same svelte physique as Mila Kunis. Sorry, wrong answer! Sure, cutting yourself down to 1200 or 1300 calories will cause you to lose weight, but you’re not going to be modeling swimsuits any time soon. Without toning those muscles (as in exercising) you’re going to end up with flabby, excess skin that will require a trip to a cosmetic surgeon to repair.

There is an alarming amount of research which shows that the minute you stop following a fad diet, you are highly likely to regain weight. Most if not more weight than you lost to begin with. This happens again and again to countless faithful yo-yo dieters every single day. Without permanent changes in lifestyle, weight will not stay off. These diets are nothing more than short-term weight loss.

Some of these diets even promise to detox your body and flush the fat away, without any work on our part whatsoever. Detox diets are moneymakers and that’s all. Your liver and kidneys were built for the sole purpose of filtering out various toxins that pass through them. By eating a healthy diet and exercising, your already perfectly-functioning body is detoxifying itself. It doesn’t need any help. Unless your doctor says you need a detoxification program, you are wasting your money.

The basic math is that you must burn more calories than you eat. That’s it. To lose a pound, burn 3,500 calories more than you eat over a period of time. There is absolutely no way around this truth. Fad diets are not here to help.