As a food junkie, I sometimes have let my healthy eating habits slip and gained a few pounds. From there, I look for the newest diet trend to give me inspiration to get back on track. However, many of the diet fads out there are simply not giving you all the vital nutrients you need. These diet crazes make false promises like “lose 10 pounds in a week”, “no exercise necessary” or “get a lightening-speed metabolism”. While it’s tough to admit at times, the best and most reliable method to losing weight is simply: exercise more, eat less.
Here is a deeper look into the facts and realities behind the most popular diet trends to hit America.
Also known as the low-carb diet, the Atkins Diet was first introduced by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1970s. It has been estimated that at any given period of time, about 25 million Americans are on some kind of low-carb diet. Dieters are not allowed to eat any milk, fruits, grains, cereals, breads, or “high glycemic index” vegetables like potatoes, peas, corn and carrots. While the Atkins Diet is one of the better diet choices, there still are risks associated with the fad including: acidic urine, calcium deficiency, loss of important vitamins found in fruits and heart problems.
2. Master Cleanse
Made popular by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce Knowles, the Master Cleanse Diet is a 10 day regiment for extreme weight loss. It is reported that Beyonce dropped 15 pounds in one week with the Master Cleanse Diet to prepare for her role in DreamGirls. Dieters drink an 8 oz. water mixture of lemonade, maple syrup and cayenne pepper 6-12 times a day. They are not allowed to eat any solid foods for the full 10 days. Every night before bed and every morning after waking up, dieters are instructed to take laxatives. The idea is to give your digestive system a rest and flush out all the unwanted build-up. After the 10 days, dieters must slowly work solid and processed foods back into their body for an additional 3 days. This diet tries to make starving yourself seem glamorous. And of course you will lose the weight when you consume only 600 calories a day. It is recommended not to exercise while on the diet for this reason. Dieters receive high amounts of sugar but fail to meet every other recommend servings of proteins, vegetables, etc.
3. Tapeworm Diet
If a diet tells you to eat a live worm so it can split the food you consume with the tapeworm and your body, be skeptical! This should be common sense, but thousands of people have ingested a tapeworm and infected their bodies with a foreign living organism. Dieters have claimed to have felt the tapeworm moving inside their bodies and when it makes its way out. (ew!) It is possible for the tapeworm to deviate to other parts of your body through the blood system. This means your brain and yes you can die.
4. Paleo Diet
If a caveman didn’t eat it, then you can’t either. The diet demands dieters to go back to the eating habits of the Paleolithic Era nearly 10,000 years ago. Back then, hunters and gatherers didn’t have to worry about highly processed and carb-loaded foods. Say goodbye to refined sugars, dairy, legumes, and grains and hello to meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables! The only way to satisfy a sweet tooth is by eating raw honey or coconut palm sugar. And there is absolutely no salt! This diet sounds smart and intriguing except for the fact you are missing out on nutrients found in dairy and grains. If this diet sounds like something you would want to try, make sure you take daily supplements of vitamin D and calcium.
TELL US! What diet fads have you tried in the past? What was the result?