With the obesity epidemic predicted to affect 50% of the worlds population, the time of ‘dietary fads’ and ‘fast weight loss progammes’ has become more popular than ever predicted. From the cabbage soup dietto the Hollywood 24 to the Factor 5 diet, all of these weight loss fads all claim to help you lose weight fast and increased metabolic activity.
Do they work?
On occasion… Apart from helping you to achieve quickweight loss, mostdieters have reported small weight loss of just 1-4lbs before hitting a plateau.
More disconcertingly, once dieters stopped following these fad meals they quickly regained all excess lbs lost.
Are fad diets free from risk?
Whilst manydietary fads can help dieters to witness immediate weight losses, many are not healthy for the foreseeable future
Limiting the amount ofkeynutrients required to ensure your body is working at optimum capacity, many involve lowering your calorie content to less than 1,000 calories a day– more than half your nutritional allowance.
Supported by countless hours in the gym and constant calorie checking, many of these said dietary fads do run the risk of making you feel quezy, tired, unable to think straight and more worryingly prevent your body from working efficiently – None of which are dangerous for your health.
How can you spot a Fad diet?
Easier than you imagine…Offering you a ‘quick fix’ solution to your weight loss issues, you can often tell a celebrity diet by their:
• Too good to be true claims
• Lack of clinical trials
• Deletionof one or more of the five food groups
• Recommendations from trials without reviews from other researchers
When a weight loss programme or slimming pills, it is imperative to thoroughly research their benefits first before incorporating them into your diet. If there is no medical evidencethat they can promote real and credible health benefits, then they probably don’t work.
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