Fad Diet Plans for Weight Loss - Facts & Fiction
Written by Diet Bites
Foundation is Almost-Always Based on Gimmicks
Fad Diet Plans tend to be very entertaining. While many tout their particular fad diet plan as a simplistic approach to weight loss, nothing could be further from the truth. Most are accompanied with gimmicks - something that stands out and separates them from the mob of other plans, generally something shocking that begs to be experimented with....a Jeckle/Hyde type of thing.
This is the original pull to the fad diet by the common public and those that have the most catchy themes or the most wacky methods for losing pounds - or those with alluring names are the ones that become viral.
At times, special products and foods must be purchased, daily menus must be planned based on the plan guidelines - rather than upon the tried-and-true American Food Pyramid, our basic foundation for optimum health.
The Facts, a Step-by-Step Approach
Typically, these popular rages that promise - and at times, guarantee to rid unwanted fat require a step-by-step approach, and if the individual doesn't follow each one of these steps using an exact and 'perfected' method, then it will be all their fault if they don't lose those layers of unwanted fat.
Each plan will differ because each contains a gimmick. For example, one might have a balanced ratio of protein, fats and carbohydrates on the daily meal plates while another suggests that the quickest way to slimdom is eating a soup comprised of cabbage.
The Big Fat Lies
The truth is this: Our body's weight isn't governed upon the nutrient composition of the daily diet, rather on the amount of energy necessary to sustain our recommended weight - a combination of consumed energy and expended energy. If Jim consumes three square meals per day based on the recommended Food Groups and if he balances his caloric intake with his energy out-take and keeps in line with the amount of energy required for his body necessary to support his ideal weight, he will remain about the same number of pounds. On the other hand, if Jim has a passion for cheesecake and cinnamon rolls and if he consumes the identical number of calories that he would have in the three well-rounded meals - his weight would still remain the same.
When it comes to our state of health, the foods and beverages that we choose to make part of our day matter in a significant way. But when the situation involves solely the number on our bathroom scales - the number we see is based on energy in and energy out - the balance of the two colliding.
Fads Versus Proven Science Data
After all, it doesn't matter that the USDA has spent countless hours studying the nutritional needs for the body - or the countless studies providing integral and at times, life-saving information.
What you will almost-always find is a bogus study connected with the popular plan. We say bogus because scientific and health studies must be performed under strict circumstances; the individuals who are included in the study must be as equal as possible for the study to have legs. And they must be conducted by proven, respected sources which have been previous proven to be reliable in their research data.
But be assured - as most Fad Diet Plans will insist that their route for weight loss works.
But let's use our logic; if this were true, wouldn't everyone get on board this ship?
Wouldn't everyone be thin by using a particular fad that really works?
The truth is this: Fad Diets tend to be built on sinking ships.
Potentially Serious Health Risks
The hard Diet Truth is that these methods for losing fat focus on a particular food or nutrient can be dangerous and down-right deadly to some individuals.
High protein diets can wreck havoc on individuals with kidney issues and kidney disease.
Carbohydrate-restricted diets can spell 'six feet under' for diabetics and heart patients - and when one is six feet under, they will indeed experience successful weight loss.
And once dead, they will likely stay that way.
As to promises relating to improved health targeting one or more parts of the body, again - untruths. Some even tout that a diet high in proteins will energize the brain. Fact is, the brain depends upon the carbohydrate glucose as its energy source.
Before you latch onto a popular plan that may end up causing you more grief than results - or even become your untimely demise, STOP-LOOK-LISTEN to your savvy senses. Unfortunately, there is no miracle diet plan, pill or antidote that can magically accomplish fat loss. At best, supplements may weakly assist in taking the edge off of appetite. Generally, the trade-off is the jitters, elevated blood pressure,an imbalance of the electrolytes - and even risk of damage to health, including death.
We strongly recommend meeting with your doctor before beginning any weight loss plan for professional input and guidance, and to rule out any issues that may be triggering or contributing to weight gain.