Fad Diets are abundant, and my clients have consulted me frequently about their effectiveness. Some have an underlying principle (such as eliminating carbohydrates or increasing your protein intake to well above recommended levels) while others will just ask you to severely cut your total calorie intake, these are the starvation diets. Here is some information we’ve compiled regarding some popular fad diets, and the effects they have on your body.
This is information about the grapefruit diet right from the home page. This diet says you should lose 52 lbs in 2 ½ months.
• You must drink eight 8oz. glasses of water daily (64 oz. total per day).
• At any meal you may eat until you are full.
• You must eat the minimum listed at each meal. (yep, this diet list the minimum you should eat).
• You cannot eliminate anything from the diet. Especially the bacon at breakfast and the salads. You must eat the bacon and salads. These combinations of food burn the fat, omitting one part of the combination will cause the whole thing not to work.
• The grapefruit or fruit juice is important because it acts as a catalyst that starts the burning process. Don’t add or reduce the amount of grapefruit or juice.
• Cut down on coffee, it affects the insulin balance that hinders the burning process. Try to limit to 1 cup at meal time.
• Don’t eat between meals. If you eat the suggested foods you will not get hungry.
• You can fry food in butter and use butter generously on vegetables.
• Do not eat desserts, breads, and white vegetables or sweet potatoes.
• You may double or triple helpings of meat, salad or vegetables.
• Eat until you are stuffed. The more you eat the more weight you will lose.
• Stay on the diet 12 days, then stop the diet for 2 days and repeat.
The 7-Day Diet
This diet allows you to indulge in eating specifics foods on different days, stating that it will cleanse and detoxify your body. For example, all fruits on Monday (except bananas). Tuesday is all veggie day, and you can have meat and veggies on the weekend, but nothing else. This diet will probably allow for weight loss, most likely due to the fact that you’re eating enormous amounts of fruits and veggies throughout the week. I would expect that any weight lost would have a strong chance of reappearing.
The 3-Day Diet
The 3 day diet plan is a calorie limited diet over 3 days. There are claims that following it correctly, you can lose up to 10 lbs in 3 days. After the 3 days of dieting you should return to eating a normal healthy diet for at least four to five days, and you should not over eat.
Low-carbohydrate diets produce ketosis. As it begins, large amounts of water will be shed, leading the dieter to think that significant weight reduction is taking place. However, most of the loss is water rather than fat; the lost water is regained quickly when eating is resumed. Appetite, often reduced during ketosis, also returns when a balanced diet is resumed.
The nutrition committee of the American Heart Association has issued a science advisory warning that high-protein diets have not been proven effective and pose health risks. The report covered the Atkins, Zone, Protein Power, Sugar Busters, and Stillman diets. The committee stated:
• Such diets may produce short-term weight loss through dehydration.
• Weight loss may also occur through caloric restriction resulting from the fact that the diets are relatively unpalatable.
• The high fat content may be harmful to the cardiovascular system in the long run.
• Any improvement in blood cholesterol levels and insulin management would be due to weight loss, not the change in composition.
What many of these diets try to accomplish is a state of confusion to your body. The diets trick your body into obtaining a desired response, which is short term water loss that shows up on a scale as weight loss. Naturally, our bodies want to maintain stability in order to survive, and can have a negative response to starvation diets. These diets have been around for years, and for years people have come to me and said it didn’t work. The best way is still the old fashioned way, have a healthy, balanced nutrition & weight loss plan, and a structured workout program.