Sunday, July 11, 2010

Can You Spot A Fad Diet?

 With the obesity epidemic believed to affect more than fifty percent of the worlds population, the age of ‘celebrity diets’ and ‘quick weight loss progammes’ has risen in popularity. From the cabbage soup diet to the Hollywood 24 to the Factor 5 diet, all of these weight loss fads all claim to quicken weight loss and increased rejuvenation.

Can they help you to lose weight?

Unfortunately not… Apart from helping you to witness quick weight loss, ninety percent of slimmer’s have experienced small weight loss of just 1-2lbs before plateauing after their first week.

More disappointingly, once they stopped eating these said diets they quickly regained all excess lbs lost.

Can they harm your health?

Whilst it is true that some of the top celebrity can help slimmers to experience quick weight loss, many cannot be used for the long term

Limiting the amount ofessential nutrients needed to ensure your metabolism is working at optimum capacity, many involve reducing your calorie content to less than 1,000 calories a day– more than half your allowance.

Accompanied by strict exercise routines and unrelenting calorie checking, most of these diets run the risk of causing you to feel quezy, tired, unable to focus and more worryingly unable to function properly - All of which are dangerous for your health.

How can you spot them?

Promoting a ‘quick fix’ solution to your body concerns, you can easily spot a celebrity diet by their:

• Too good to be true claims

• Lack of clinical studies

• Elimination of one if not more of the five recommended food groups

• Recommendations from trials without reviews from other researchers

When a weight loss programme or weight loss supplement, it is essential to thoroughly analyse their effects first before including them into your weight loss programme. If there are no clinical studies or proof that they can produce safe weight loss results, then they are too good to be true.

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