Monday, May 20, 2013

How To Avoid A Fad Weight Loss Diet

By Bonnie Belle

Obesity is killing us but using a fad or extreme weight loss diet may be making it worse.

Obesity is a physical state that refers to excessive body fat. Chances are you have experienced the frustrations of dieting at least once in your life, if you have problems with your weight.

Statistics estimate that more than a hundred million Americans follow a diet plan during any given year, and a full ninety-five percent end up gaining all the weight back in less than five years. Worse still, a third of these dieters end up gaining even more weight.

The principle culprit in why diet plans fail is not a lack of will-power in following them, but the diets themselves. Fad diets upset the natural eating habits and create side effects. For example, diets that insist people eat high amounts of proteins create a lot of stress on the body to eliminate the concentrated food source. Anything in excess is not good, including protein.

How Protein Is Only Good As Part Of A Balanced Meal

Today, an estimated sixty-five percent of all American adults are obese or overweight. Our culture obsesses about staying thin even as we grow fatter, but this isn't about appearances.

Obesity is a killer because it is the precursor to many health problems like cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, heart disease, and hypertension. As many as 375,000 people die each year due to an obesity-related illness.

Obesity is responsible for public health care costs skyrocketing. Harvard researchers have estimated that obesity is the precursor in 19% of heart attacks, whose annual cost is about $30 billion. Meanwhile, obesity has a significant impact on diabetes, with 57% of diabetes traced back to obesity. The cost of diabetes is about $9 billion a year.

How To Set Realistic Goals

No doubt you have fallen for one or more of the weight loss diet schemes over the years, promising quick and painless weight loss.

Many of these quick weight loss diet programs undermine your health, cause physical discomfort, flatulence, and ultimately lead to disappointment when you start regaining weight, shortly after losing it.

There is one reason that fad weight loss diets don't work: they emphasize the value of only eating one type of food source. This is in direct contradiction to the principles of good health, where a balanced diet is the way to go.

Safe, healthy, and permanent weight reduction is what's truly lost among the thousands of popular diet schemes.

weight loss schemes change like the weather. They attract attention for a short while before fading into oblivion. Some lose popularity because they are not safe and create health problems.

These fad diets advocate a specific technique (such as eliminating a certain food, or eating only certain combinations of foods) in conjunction with the basic idea that the body makes up the difference in energy by breaking down and utilizing some part of itself, essentially converting matter into energy.

Instead of choosing a fad diet that works on catabolism, choose a weight loss diet that is sensible and helps you stay healthy and energetic.

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