The dangers of following a fad diet
Author: Melissa Lahti
Feb. 28, 2012
We hear every day several offers to lose weight quick in one way or another. With obesity becoming an epidemic in the United States, many people have taken advantage of this opportunity to make money. The dieting industry has become a $40 billion dollar industry. As more and more people are becoming over weight, we are seeing more and more offers to lose weight. There are many problems with all the fad diets on the market today. They donít work and often actually cause more problems than they fix.
Fad diets always work in the beginning but what a person doesnít realize is that the weight they are losing is usually water weight. The person then will almost immediately regain the weight when they stop the diet. 95% of people regain the weight they lost and usually gain even more. Many of these diets either severely restrict the calories you are allowed to eat or instruct you to cut out one or more food groups from your diet. This is highly dangerous since the body needs a great variety of food. Malnutrition in the body can cause a person to have 3-6% loss in muscle density. Once this happens, when the person gains back the weight after stopping the diet, the muscle is then replaced with fat.
These diets are also the result of depression in many people who continuously try to use them. The person will crash off the diet, causing them to feel like a failure. When this happens so many times the person eventually begins to feel like they will be overweight forever and become very depressed. This is a vicious cycle as the depression often causes people to gain more weight.
There are many different types of these diets. Some are high protein diets, where a person will eat lots of animal protein that is loaded with tons of cholesterol and saturated fat. This can cause heart disease, enlarged kidneys and renal failure. Eating a low carbohydrate diet will result in your muscles not having enough calories in the body to burn for energy. The body will then have to burn the muscle instead for the energy it needs.
When looking for a good diet always avoid anything that claims you can lose weight quickly, cuts out any variety of food from your diet or severely cuts your calorie intake. Never take a miracle pill or any potion. Not only do you not know what you are putting in your body, there is no such thing as a fast easy way to lose weight. In order to truly lose weight, one must get to the root of the problem and change their eating habits for good. The best way to do this is to research and find out what would be the better choice for a variety. Learn about portion control and what a proper serving of food is. Learning the basics of good nutrition is the sure way to success. Never be afraid to ask for help!