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Fad Diets Unhealthy

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Fad Diets Pose Significant Risk to Health

What is a fad diet plan? ANY AND ALL which do not base the plan on the 5 Basic Food Groups AND which greatly exceed the highest recommended amounts of daily servings OR which go below the recommended minimum daily serving from each food group.

The human body operates on a chain-reaction formula. In other words, if certain vitamins and mineral are missing from the eating plan - it's not going to work at an efficient pace. Think about it....

You're trying to lose excess pounds and when the body isn't at full speed, then you're just not going to lose weight as fast as you would have if you would have chosen a diet plan which was healthy.

By 'healthy' we are referring to one built upon the Food Pyramid's 5 Food Groups: Grain, Fruit, Vegetables, Dairy and Protein.

Optimum Health Requires Essential Vitamins & Minerals

For optimum health it doesn't take a genius to know that it's vital to meet all of the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of minerals and vitamins that the body requires.

And for the dieter, receiving adequate nutrition needs reaches an even higher level.

Losing weight generally means that the individual is reducing calories in their daily diet to trigger weight loss results.

Doing such may mean that the dieter isn't getting adequate nutrition, thus placing the body at greater risk for sickness, illness - or even worse.

Fad Diet Plan Recommendations

Low or Restricted Carbohydrate Dieting

What about other diets, such as carbohydrate restricted diets that limit or prohibit certain foods from the daily diet?

Although carbohydrate restricted diets are all the rage, the body bases weight on energy (calorie) consumption - not carbohydrate consumption.

While it's a great idea to limit simple carbohydrates in the daily diet such as donuts, pastries, cookies, candy, pies and cakes - diets that are too restrictive in carbohydrate grams can create serious health risks particularly for individuals with hidden health conditions including heart, kidney and diabetes.

Fad Diets That Restrict Food Groups Or Servings

There are plans which completely eliminate certain food groups. Some that we have reviewed at Diet Bites base their plan upon one or two foods - so almost all the food groups are eliminated.

In addition, whether you're attempting to lose pounds or not - and even if you have lots of extra padding which is stored in your fat cells, your body simply cannot survive without inputting the daily minimal servings. To do such is placing your body at serious risk for illness, permanent damage, and even death.

Let's take a look at the current Food Group Recommendations. The lowest number is the minimum suggested servings. The data is based on a standard 2000 calorie daily diet. You may require more servings than the suggested amounts, based on personal characterises such as state of health, age, activity level and body composition.

Grains - your body requires a minimal of 6 servings from this group; standard recommended is 6-11 servings. Example of a serving equals a slice of regular bread or 1 cup of whole grain rice or pasta.

Vegetables - 3 to 5 servings. You'll need some of these servings to be yellow, orange and red. You need to also add leafy greens to your eating plan on a daily basis. You can enjoy as many leafy greens as you wish as they are very scant in caloric values.

Fruit - 2 to 4 servings. Don't forget the important citrus group. One fruit or one cup of fruit or its juice equals a serving size.

Dairy & Proteins - 2-3 servings from each group. Example of serving from the Dairy Group is 1 cup of reduced fat milk. From the protein group, three ounces of lean mean or 1/2 cup of beans.

Health Risks Involved for Dieting Plans That Are Too Restrictive

The same situation applies to daily diets that are too restrictive in caloric content.

And if the dieter is avoiding certain foods such as almost-all fad diets recommend - they are at great risk for damaging their health.

In addition, a diet that is negligent in adequate mineral and vitamin content may cause long term or life long effects on the body.

The diet may even cost the dieter their very life.

Losing Weight Safely

If you're on any type of plan in an effort to lose weight it's vital that you ensure adequate mineral and vitamin requirements in your daily diet.

How much does your body require for a particular vitamin or minerals?

You'll find that information along with healthy recipes and foods that are the richest sources of particular vitamins and minerals in the Diet Bites links below.

Information on Vitamins, Minerals For Weight Loss

Calcium   Chromium   Folate   Iron

Magnesium    Best Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Reference Daily Nutrition Guide Vitamin A  

Vitamin B1 - Thiamin Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin

Vitamin B3 - Niacin Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid  

Vitamin B6 - Pyridoxine Vitamin B12 - Cobalamin

Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Vitamin K  

Biotin Calcium Chloride Chromium Copper

Folate Iodine Iron Manganese Magnesium

Molybdenum Phosphorus Potassium  

Selenium Zinc Symptoms of Kidney Stones

Symptoms of Hypercalcemia Milk Alkali Syndrome

Symptoms of Osteoporosis


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