Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Fad Diets: Are they really healthy?

Everyone wants to participate in dieting, either to lose the weight gained or maintain your normal weight. I recently wrote a paper on Fad Diet: the benefit, danger and solution. When my professor asked us to pick any topic on fad diet to write about, I was excited about it because I felt it would give me the opportunity to do more research (found lots of articles on it).

I started a lemon detox diet (to maintain my weight) few months ago and somewhere along the line, I went to see my Doctor for a preventive wellness visit. I was advised to fast before coming for my glucose test the next day. When I got the result, my sugar level was higher than normal so my primary physician advised that I come back for a retest in a week. During the drive back home, I kept asking myself, what could have triggered my sugar level? How can my sugar level be high? I asked myself these questions because I eat healthy, I don't drink soda, coffee, flavored water or anything that has sugar except my homemade lemonade diet (which has natural sweetness of course). I made a decision there and then to stop the diet for a while. One week later, I went back for a retest and my sugar level was normal. Whew!!! K'oju ma ri'bi (May we not witness evil).

Fast forward to the articles I read on fad diet. Continue reading after the break....

First, what is a fad diet?
A 'fad diet is a diet that is popular for a time. Fad diet usually promise rapid weight loss or other health advantages, such as longer life (not really). They are often promoted as requiring little effort and producing a "quick fix" (quick fix don't really work.. in the long run).

According to what I wrote from the statement made by registered dietitian, Juliette Kellow in one of the articles I read for my class work, 'Detox diet are generally associated with many health benefits and claimed to relieve symptoms of arthritis and gout. They also remove toxins from the body, but liver and kidney could do same without any form of restrictive diet which the body excretes through urine and bowel movements.' Taking part in detox diet for fast weight loss makes one lose over one pound per day due to losing water weight, this makes weight loss temporary. Because the lemon detox diet involves drinking nothing but sugared water, Kellow stated that, “Spikes and drops in blood sugar are probable, as well as hunger, irritability and lack of energy.

To cut a long story veeeeery short and straight to the point, short cut to weight loss is not advisable, it is dangerous to your health. If you lose weight suddenly due to rigorous diet habits, you may likely gain all the pounds back if you stop or skip the diet for any reason. If you want to 
win in the long run without a relapse, it is better to start the race slow and steady; one day at a time. Don't expect things to change over night.

And if you want to know more about FAD DIET, Google is your friend.... like I always tell people. Do your research. 

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