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Why are Fad Diets So Popular

With obesity expected to affect over fifty percent of the world’s population in the next forty years, the age of fad diets and lose weight quick diets has boomed to epic proportions in becoming more popular than ever before. From the cabbage diet to the Zone Diet to the 7-day Elimination diet, each of these diet fads all claim to help you lose weight fast and experience increased metabolic activity.

But can they really help you to lose weight?

Unfortunately not-Apart from helping you to achieve quick water weight loss of 1-2lbs, the vast majority of ninety percent of dieters have experienced little weight losses of just 1-2lbs before hitting a plateau after a few weeks.

More disappointingly, once dieters stopped eating these fad diets they soon regained all the weight they lost.

But are fad diets free from risk? And what are the long-term implications of these fads?

Whilst it is true that some of the fad diets can help dieters to experience quick weight losses, most of them are not healthy for long-term use, i.e. for over 2 weeks.

Depriving your body from receiving essential nutrients needed to ensure your body is working at optimal levels, may involve cutting your calorie intake to below 1,000 calories a day – more than half your recommended daily nutritional allowance.

Accompanied by strict exercise routines in the gym and unrelenting calorie counting, many of these said dietary fads do run the risk of making you feel weak, fatigued, unable to focus and more worryingly prevent your body from working efficiently – None of which are good for your long term health and ultimately your future ability to lose weight.

How can you spot a Fad diet?

Fad diets are easier to spot than you think. Offering you a quick fix solution to your weight loss issues, you can often tell easily a fad diet by their:

Too good to be true claims Lack of clinical trials Removal of one or more of the recommended daily food groups Recommendations from medical professionals but without reviews from other researchers

When choosing a dietary fad or weight loss supplement, it is always important to thoroughly research their effects first before including them into your weight loss programme. If there are no clinical trials or proof that they can produce real and credible weight loss results, then more often than not they are too good to be true.

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Fad Diets – Why Fad Diets Suck

People fail to lose weight not because they are lazy but because they follow fad diets. If you too are following or want to follow fad diets, don’t expect to lose weight and become slim. In this article I will tell you about three reasons why you shouldn’t use fad diets.

Bad Track Record
If fad diets were really so good, why is everyone not losing weight with their help? Weight loss cannot be achieved simply by dieting; there are a whole lot of things to consider here. If you are serious about weight loss, you need to modify your lifestyle habits: you need to change your unhealthy eating habits, you need to stop sitting on the couch, and you need keep your body active at all times.

Can a fad diet force you to do all these things? No. That is why even if you lose a few pounds initially with those fad diets, you will regain them all back as soon as you get back to your unhealthy lifestyle habits. So, if you really want to lose weight fast, don’t follow any fad diets; rather, be ready to change your lifestyle habits.

Restircted to only a few foods
More often than not, fad diets put you into such a strict food restriction that you virtually remain hungry most of the time. Two things can happen here. Either, out of extreme hunger, you will eat loads of junk foods and gain loads of pounds in the process, or if you are one of the ‘self-disciplined’ types, then you will try hard to bear with your hunger, in which case, your body would take over.

When your body receives inadequate food supply, it would assume that you are going to kill it. In such a case, your body would move into a ‘starvation’ mode where it would horde fad deposits instead of burning them. Naturally, you won’t be able to lose weight.

Starving sucks
You have a third reason for not dieting. Why the heck would you starve when you can eat and lose weight? Believe it or not, if you eat healthy foods and stay away from calorie-rich junk foods, you will automatically start losing weight. Plus your body would love the fact that it is getting more nutrition than before from your meals.

Make sure that you include foods such as natural fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, apples, legumes, soy, lean chicken meat, etc., in your diet. Also don’t forget to drink green tea regularly. These are special weight loss foods which would not only keep you full but also help you burn fat and lose weight.

I don’t know about you, but if I am offered the option to choose between losing weight through starvation and losing weight by eating, I would choose the latter.

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