17
June
2013

Unhealthy Diet Plans You Should Avoid Like the Plague

Check out these unhealthy diets that you should never try

Unhealthy Diet Plans You Should Avoid Like the Plague

At best, unhealthy diets can lead to immediate weight gain when you go off the diet. At worst, you can develop some serious health conditions that can shorten your life drastically. The best way to lose weight is not to go on a fad diet, but to be more mindful of what you are eating, eat healthy foods, and exercise more. That is why it is super important to avoid these particularly unhealthy diets that are floating around out there.

Diets Based on One Food

If your fad diet plan involves eating from one food or food group, you could run, not walk, away from that one. For example, low carb diet or the cabbage soup diet are two such diets. You can't get all the nutrients and vitamins you need from just one food group. Not only does this increase the risk of malnutrition, but it is not sustainable in the long run. Eventually, you are going to get sick of eating only grapefruits and start to crave other foods. That will be the failure of that diet for you.

Cleanse Diets

Diets that focus on detoxing your kidneys, liver, and colon are not healthy. There is no scientific evidence that those diets work at all. Since a normal, healthy body is equipped to cleanse itself on its own, there is no need to take cleansers or detoxes to try to do it better. Your body has got this one under control. Let it do what it does best.

Diets Focusing on a Miracle Ingredient

Again using a diet that focuses on the “miracle properties” of one ingredient or food are not going to help you lose weight. The secret is a balanced diet, exercise, and control, not supplements and overloading of one type of food. “Everything in moderation” is a much better suited plan to lose weight.

Fasting for Weight Loss

People have fasted for religious and cultural reasons for centuries, but normally it only lasts a day (or in the case of Islam, fasting during the daytime for a month with nightly meals). The problem with fasting for too long is that your body gets confused. It thinks you are starving and messes with your metabolism, but it stays that way for a while after you are done fasting. Therefore, you need fewer calories after the fast and you can gain weight from eating too much. You will lose fat, water, and muscles, but when you gain pounds back, they will all be fat.

Cotton Balls Diet

This diet has become popular with models over the last few years. How it works is that the person dips cotton balls in juice and then eats them to get a feeling of fullness while staying skinny. The problem here is that you are eating cotton balls, which are definitely not a food and have no nutritional value. So you are still missing out on key nutrients you need. Plus, the diet on a whole sounds particularly disgusting.

Tapeworm Diet

Another sickening diet was the tapeworm diet from the early 1900s (thankfully it is no longer in use). Basically, you ingest tapeworms until you lose the amount of weight you wanted, and then you take medicine to kill the tapeworms. Yuck! If you don't change your eating habits for the long term, you will have gained nothing in the end besides some crazy dieting stories.

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17
June
2013

Unhealthy Diet Plans You Should Avoid Like the Plague

Check out these unhealthy diets that you should never try

Unhealthy Diet Plans You Should Avoid Like the Plague

At best, unhealthy diets can lead to immediate weight gain when you go off the diet. At worst, you can develop some serious health conditions that can shorten your life drastically. The best way to lose weight is not to go on a fad diet, but to be more mindful of what you are eating, eat healthy foods, and exercise more. That is why it is super important to avoid these particularly unhealthy diets that are floating around out there.

Diets Based on One Food

If your fad diet plan involves eating from one food or food group, you could run, not walk, away from that one. For example, low carb diet or the cabbage soup diet are two such diets. You can't get all the nutrients and vitamins you need from just one food group. Not only does this increase the risk of malnutrition, but it is not sustainable in the long run. Eventually, you are going to get sick of eating only grapefruits and start to crave other foods. That will be the failure of that diet for you.

Cleanse Diets

Diets that focus on detoxing your kidneys, liver, and colon are not healthy. There is no scientific evidence that those diets work at all. Since a normal, healthy body is equipped to cleanse itself on its own, there is no need to take cleansers or detoxes to try to do it better. Your body has got this one under control. Let it do what it does best.

Diets Focusing on a Miracle Ingredient

Again using a diet that focuses on the “miracle properties” of one ingredient or food are not going to help you lose weight. The secret is a balanced diet, exercise, and control, not supplements and overloading of one type of food. “Everything in moderation” is a much better suited plan to lose weight.

Fasting for Weight Loss

People have fasted for religious and cultural reasons for centuries, but normally it only lasts a day (or in the case of Islam, fasting during the daytime for a month with nightly meals). The problem with fasting for too long is that your body gets confused. It thinks you are starving and messes with your metabolism, but it stays that way for a while after you are done fasting. Therefore, you need fewer calories after the fast and you can gain weight from eating too much. You will lose fat, water, and muscles, but when you gain pounds back, they will all be fat.

Cotton Balls Diet

This diet has become popular with models over the last few years. How it works is that the person dips cotton balls in juice and then eats them to get a feeling of fullness while staying skinny. The problem here is that you are eating cotton balls, which are definitely not a food and have no nutritional value. So you are still missing out on key nutrients you need. Plus, the diet on a whole sounds particularly disgusting.

Tapeworm Diet

Another sickening diet was the tapeworm diet from the early 1900s (thankfully it is no longer in use). Basically, you ingest tapeworms until you lose the amount of weight you wanted, and then you take medicine to kill the tapeworms. Yuck! If you don't change your eating habits for the long term, you will have gained nothing in the end besides some crazy dieting stories.

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