10 Tips To Help Kids 4 Fun Crafts For Kids 4 Great Ideas For Helping 5 Ways To Help Kids A Driveway Alarm A Piano Dealer Can Help Kids African Children Charity Donations Amber Alert Saves Childrens Lives Avoid Weight Loss Side Effects Bean Bag Chairs Help Kids Buy Wholesale Children Clothing Can Life Coaches Help Kids Children Should Learn Do Puzzles Dressing Up Can Help Kids Everyones Responsibility You Can Save Children From Piggy Bank Get The Most From Childrens Education Goedkope Kinderkleding Help Kids Concentrate Help Kids Develop Help Kids Excel At School Help Kids Grow Tall Effectively Help Kids Grow Tall Naturally Help Kids Learn Spanish Help Kids and Own Business Help Your Children Helping Kids Care for the Ideas Helping Kids Form Balanced Opinions Helping Kids Lose Weight Helping Kids Who Dont Like Read How To Create Teddy Bear How To Draw How To Encourage Your Kids Save Money How Youth Sports Help Kids How Save a Child From Poverty How to Help Kids Grow Tall Its Time To Change Karate Schools In Royalton Kids Puzzle Games Kids Typing Games Model Good Money Saving Make Fun Cash Saving Children Save Children - Non-Profit Save Children From Hurting Themselves Save Children From Drugs Save Children From Ear Infections Save Children Saving for Your Childrens Future Six Useful Ways To Help Kids Soccer Helps Kids Do Better TV Viewing for Children Teach Your Children The Five People You Meet Tips To Save Children Tips to Help Kids Toddler Bed Rails Plans Travel Pillows Help Kids to Sleed What Are You Doing to Save Children When parents take Children to Visit Publishing
3 Fresh Water Fish That Are Great A Clean Water Filter All Diets Types Are Salt Water Aquariums Best Fad Diets Clean Water Around The World Clean Water Filter Clean Water in Alaska 2008 Cleaning Water Damage Caused By Floods Cleaning Your Fresh Water Aquarium Cleaning Your Fresh Water Aquariums Consuming Fresh Water from Office Water Diets Dont Work 12 Facts Dont Be Confused Dont Go In The Water Drinking Clean Water How to Purify Drinking Enough Clean Water Produces Natural Enjoying Nature and Family Time in Fresh Fresh Water Aquariums Should Fresh Water Fishing Night Fresh Water in Household Dont Be Deceived Get endless supply of pure clean Group Health Insurance Quote Tips Health Your Most Valuable Asset Health Care Reform Why Are People Health Insurance Fraud Health and Medical Insurance Comparing High School Wrestling Diet How to Become a Home How to Clean Water How to Select Genuine Natural Fresh Incredible Fresh Water Filters Health Is the New High Lets Talk About Fad Diets Low Carbohydrate Diet Revolution A History Low Carb Diet Should I or Shouldnt Maintaining a Clean Water Mental Health Maintenance Is Made New reservoir to keep city Reliable Water Cooler Suppliers Have Ample Sea Water Treatment transformation Summer Time Fresh Water Top 40 Health Quotations Understanding HMO PPO and FFS Health Water Well Drilling Romeo Service Water cooler A source Water of California Is All the Fresh Weight Loss Diet Reviews When Your Health Insurance Plan Wont water Safety Red Light
Lets Talk About Fad DietsAlthough the big push for fad diets has died down a little bit, it is still estimated that at least two-thirds of Americans are on some type of diet at any given time. Although research shows the importance of eating from all the major food groups, people are still confused about what type of diet to follow, keeping the window open for more quacky solutions to pop up.
In an effort to help readers determine what makes a diet healthy and when it's time to steer clear, I am going to discuss what makes a diet a 'fad' diet and why these diets are something best to stay away from. Along the way, we will discover what each food group has to offer that can be beneficial to our health.
Our bodies are uniquely designed to take advantage of the proteins, carbohydrates and fats that we eat. In order for the liver to do the best job it can for us, we actually need all of these nutrients, known as macronutrients. Even a 'detoxifying' diet should also include all of these macronutrients!
During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. Currently, more than 64% of US adults are either overweight or obese, according to results from the 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). So, look at the facts: Two thirds of all Americans are on some 'diet', yet we are getting fatter and fatter. Would that perhaps mean that the fad diets don't work? Let's talk about it.
Identifying a fad diet
A 'fad diet' is defined as something temporary. Therefore, it's no surprise that these diets are not successful. Let's begin by looking at how to identify a fad diet.
#1 - Promises a fast weight loss.
This is great, in the short term, but how many readers have or know someone who has followed one of these diets, only to regain the weight back, plus more for added bonus? When people lose weight very quickly, they lose a lot of lean muscle tissue, and the weight that comes back will most likely be more fat and less muscle, making it easier and easier to regain weight each time they drop the last fad diet. A healthy diet to follow will be one that will encourage slow, progressive weight loss over a longer period of time. It will have enough calories to support vigorous exercise, so that you lose fat and not muscle. Diets that are too low for the body's basic needs will result in the body breaking down it's protein stores (muscle) for the fuel it needs. Sort of defeats the whole purpose of the diet!
#2 - Eliminates foods or food groups.
The very first thing that alerts us that a diet is a 'fad' is when a particular food, or entire food group, is considered off-limits. This is a good time to talk about the low carb diets.
What is it that has made carbohydrates a bad nutrient? When you look at other countries, where the intake of carbohydrates is as high as 80%, and see that many of these countries are not suffering even close to the obesity rates we are in America, you have to wonder why they are not having the same problem. So, can it really be the carbs? Probably not. But, maybe it's the type of carbs. Many people who decide to go on one of the popular low carbohydrate diets start to eliminate a lot of food from their diets, including all the snack foods they were eating, particularly at night. Gone are the chips, the cookies, the crackers, the ice cream. Gone are up to 300 to 1,000 calories per day! Anyone would lose weight if they cut out those many calories from their daily diet.
Another problem with eliminating entire food groups, especially on low carb diets, is that they are recommending eliminating or limiting the intake of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. With all the substantial research showing how beneficial these foods are to preventing various diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, it's amazing that anyone involved in healthcare would recommend such a diet. Something to also notice, however, is that none of these fad diet books are written by anyone with a degree in nutrition. Even the medical community is confused, which explains why physicians will fall for some of the hype fad diet authors write.
But let's talk a little more about fruits, vegetables and starches: A diet high in animal protein and animal fat has been linked to various disease and inflammation states. A diet very high in protein puts a great load on our kidneys and can contribute to constipation, gout and bone loss due to calcium depletion from the high protein load.
Combine that with decreased fiber from lack of whole grains and fiber-rich fruit and vegetables, and many people just don't feel well; they feel fatigued, sluggish and their immune system is depressed.
#3 - Starts with a shock or follows a strict plan.
When the diet says you have to start with an extremely restricted diet, or you can only eat certain foods on particular days, you know it's a fad diet. They justify this by saying you have to clean out the body, or only certain foods will help with the weight loss process. Any change in how you currently eat will result in changes on the scale. Very few people can remain on these diets very long, so once they are 'off' the diet, the weight returns. The dieter learned nothing other than the misinformation the author provided them with. This can actually have far-reaching consequences, as then the dieter is more confused than ever and doesn't know what to believe!
Once a person learns what the qualities of a healthy diet consist of, they find that their optimum calorie level is for their own needs, and they are able to achieve their goals, combining their eating plan with exercise. Not only do they start to enjoy life again, but enjoy food AND see weight loss!
Although fad diet authors want you to believe their 'miracle' (and buy their products), there really is no get-thin-quick solution that is permanent.
But what does constitute a healthy diet? A healthy diet is one that is adequate in calories to support healthy weight, low in animal fats and saturated fats, animal protein should be very lean and adequate enough to support a diet high in fruits and vegetables and whole grain starches. Any healthy diet can include foods that are just for enjoyment, however. All foods really do fit, in moderation. A general rule is an 80/20 rule: Eighty percent of the time the diet should be healthy and then 20% of the time it can include foods you would not eat on a regular basis if you were trying to eat for health and weight loss.
#4 - Contradicts what experts say.
Authors of low carb diets say that the carbohydrates are what have made American's fat. But they can't explain why other countries whose diets are very high in carbohydrates don't have the same problems with obesity. You know it's a fad diet when the author says they have the 'inside' or 'hidden' truth about our health or diets. You also know it's a questionable publication when they say there is a hidden agenda among health professionals or the government.
But why is America getting fatter and fatter? America is a country of grab-and-go: The faster, the better. Families seldom sit down to meals, together. There are fewer physical fitness programs in school and many of the school food choices are fast foods. People and entire families eat 2-3 of their daily meals from a drive-through or a restaurant, most of which provide very few of the foods high in nutrients and low in calories. Restaurants add extra fats to their dishes to enhance the taste, so a meal you could make at home without added fats could have up to 60% of it's calories coming from fat to make it taste better! Plus, the serving sizes are much larger than they were 20 years ago, so most of the time the size of the meals could actually feed us for 2 to 3 meals, instead of one! However, many people still feel they must clean their plate rather than let the food 'go to waste'. They really should say, "go to waist"!!
As you read this, think back to the last week. How often did you sit down at home and eat a home-cooked meal? Do you eat breakfast, lunch and dinner each day? How often do you exercise vigorously? In Europe, the meals are much smaller and people walk a great deal more than in America. In some neighborhoods, it's actually impossible to walk to work, even if you live very close! Our road systems are no longer built for riding bikes or walking to work. You take your life into your hands, either from passing traffic or crime.
#5 - Relies on testimonials rather than scientific research.
The fact that Jane lost pounds in a week because she just ate cabbage soup does not mean it's safe, effective, or that it will work for you! What if you don't LIKE cabbage?
All rights reserved
Copyright © Atlanta Dream Center Metro Kidz 2011