The Truth Behind Fad Diets

Low Carbohydrate Diets

Low carbohydrate intake decreases glycogen synthesis (glycogen use by the liver) which leads to a dehydrated body i.e. weight loss. The liver is then forced to produce the necessary glycogen it needs to restore energy.

Once normal eating patterns are resumed, protein stores that were lost are restored and weight is regained. By eating a higher protein, higher saturated fat diet can result in ill health such as heart disease, colon cancer, halitosis and constipation.

Blood Sugar Regulation Diets

Carbohydrate-focused diets are the most successful and healthiest because they emphasize eating high fiber, complex carbohydrates in appropriate portion sizes which results in slow and steady weight loss.

They encourage more fruits, vegetables and whole grains along with limiting simple sugars and processed grains. If a diet supplies lists of "good" and "bad" carbohydrates, followers may experience confusion and guilt.

There are NO "good" and "bad" foods there are only those which are appropriate or inappropriate for a given situation. These carbohydrate-focused diets are respected for their ability to control cravings and create a feeling of satisfaction.

Super Low-Fat Diets

Low-fat diets are extremely tough to follow. They suggest eating only 5-10 percent of daily calories from fat and the rest usually come from carbohydrate sources. People choose their meals reluctantly by avoiding their favorite foods.

Restriction of food results in cravings and resentment, lack of variety sends individuals to seek out higher fat foods. Nutritionists recommend consuming a moderate amount of omega-3 rich fatty food each day, such as salmon, olive oil, omega-3 rich eggs, nuts, seeds and certain greens like kale and broccoli. These foods are extremely heart and brain healthy and are satisfying.

Limited Food Selections, Daily Rituals

Novelty diets are built on gimmicks. They emphasize eating one type of food and exclude all others. These diets make no sense. These diets limit food choice; and boredom quickly sets in.

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