The most popular resolution in the New Year for many adults is to lose weight. In the same top ten of the most commonly made goals at the New Year many weight loss wishers resolve to become healthier. The problem is that society and pop cultures have seemed to intervene by releasing several unhealthy weight-loss diets.
This can result in yo-yo body weights, unnecessary strain on the body, and in some cases, even death. While some diets may seem absolutely outrageous and are red-flagged as unhealthy almost immediately, such as the Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition diet (a diet that requires eating nothing at all and injecting a liquid through a tube to the nose for ten days,) other diets can be a little more tricky in determining their true health and eventual weight loss benefits.
If weight loss and a healthier lifestyle are in your New Year’s sights, then here are five fad diets that may appear healthy but really are not.
The Low Fat Diet
There is such a thing as healthy fats. Whether it is found in avocados or walnuts these fats are essential for the body to function and be healthy. Low-fat diets promote the thought that all fats are indeed bad fats and should be cut out entirely. While it is true that fats can contain twice the amount of calories found in protein or carbs, a body needs healthy fats to feel fuller, promote healthy skin, and function better.
Healthy diets should consist of 30% good fats that come from foods like avocados or walnuts (mentioned above) and nuts, fish, healthy oils, etc…
Detox diets have been trending for the past few years and have been advertised as healthy ways to lose weight quickly. Lasting anywhere between 5 to 10 days, dieters are encouraged to eat little to no food and drink a mixture of unhealthy or low-calorie items such as maple syrup with lemon juice and peppers.
The thought behind this diet is that for the few days of drinking this mixture, the body will be flushed out of all toxins and lose weight. This is a diet to be avoided on so many levels. First, detoxes, body cleanses and a miracle 5-day drink do not provide the body with the nutrients it needs to survive and function fully.
Second, science has shown that these detox diets hold no health benefits and often result in further weight gain once the “cleanse” has been completed. And lastly, this type of dieting promotes quick fixes, which for a healthy lifestyle, is impossible. It is only through healthy dieting and exercises over time that the goals of weight loss and a healthier lifestyle can be obtained
The HCG Diet
The body needs a certain amount of calories to maintain life each day. If this amount of calories is not met, it can result in the heart, liver, and other body organ failures, sometimes even causing death. The HCG diet recommends dieters live on just 500 calories a day and have daily injections of the hormone HCG.
This is nowhere near enough calories to live on, and while it may initially cause weight loss it will most likely cause long term damage to the body. A healthy diet should consist of 1000 to 1200 calories for women each day.
The Eat All You Want Diet
This diet is such an odd diet craze that it’s hard to believe that it’s one of the top diets across the globe. Just as the name implies, this diet says it’s ok to eat in excess whatever foods you may want. The thought process behind this is that to gorge on foods you like until you no longer crave or enjoy them anymore. All this diet really does is expand the stomach, and help in unhealthy weight gain.
One of the most popular dieting plans in the world right now is the Atkins diet, promoted by Dr. Atkins in the ’70s. Dieters have lost large amounts of weight on this diet that is based on the idea of turning all food eaten into ketones but the health benefits of this diet are practically zero.
This diet asks dieters to practically cut out carbs which are the body’s main source of fuel. This can lead to dizziness, body odor, muscle weakness, and even fainting, all of which are signs of unhealthiness.
The most popular resolution in the New Year for many adults is to lose weight and to become healthier. With diets like the five listed above, resolutions makers can be confused about what healthy lifestyles and weight loss can mean.
The body needs a certain amount of fats, carbs, calories, and exercise to be healthy and to lose weight. So if weight loss and a healthier lifestyle are in your New Year’s sights, then forget these five fad diets that may appear healthy and try healthy nutrition and exercise.