A new week, a new fad diet comes out on the market. Seems that way, doesn’t it? Although they contain an element of truth in it, in reality it’s more marketing than science. Let me show you why you would want to avoid the fad diet of the week.
Here are some examples:
The 3-day diet touts eating mainly fruit for three days. We all know that eating fruit is important to our diet
because of the carbohydrates, vitamins and fiber they contain. But to just eat fruit for three consecutive days causes an imbalance – after all, our bodies need protein, for example.
Another example are the low carb, high protein diets. An example would be the Atkins diet. It recommends drastically cutting back on important carbohydrates and eating foods that are high in protein. It does lead to temporary weight loss, but also causes an imbalance to the body as a whole.
Carbohydrates are critical for supplying energy for the important processes of the body. Though, when needed, the body will use other sources, such as fat and protein. A heavy emphasis on protein reduces the body’s ability to store and regulate the appropriate amount of water, whereas carbohydrates help that.
Then there are the ‘chocolate diets’. Almost every person loves chocolate and, according to recent studies,it is healthy – in moderation. Chocolate contains anti-oxidants and other compounds that are helpful.
But too much of a good thing is just that – too much. Also, many people will seek chocolate in it’s many forms. But the wide varieties also come with high fat and high sugar amounts – definitely not good for the body.
There are ultra-low fat diets. And again, the trouble isn’t with reduced fat, but going to them endlessly. A certain amount of fat in the diet is a good thing. Also. to make them palatable, unfortunately, many low-fat foods are high in sugar.
Any diet which makes claims of quick weight loss is almost certain to be more harmful than helpful. It took the human body millions of years to evolve, and research still confirms that moderation is still critical to the success of the human body.
Eat moderate portions at regular intervals of fruits and vegetables (for vitamins, carbohydrates and fiber),
grains (for carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber), protein (for amino acids) and dairy products (for
calcium, unless you’re lactose intolerant). For the average person, between 2000-2500 calories per day is
appropriate. Less for women, on average, and for those seeking rapid weight loss.
A balanced diet, along with moderate and regular exercise, will lead to a healthy body. You’ll find you feel better and look good. Avoid the fad diet for the week and follow this plan of moderation instead.