A fad weight loss diet is any diet which promises fast weight loss without a scientific logic. Fad diets mostly eliminate entire food groups and hence do not provide a wide range of important nutrients.
Fad diets provide short-term results and are difficult to sustain and lead to serious health problems on a long term basis. The best approach to weight loss is to follow a long-term, healthy and balanced eating plan and to exercise regularly.
Weight loss and fad diets:
Diets that encourage fast weight loss generally have little effect on body fat. The initial weight lost from fad diet is mostly water and lean muscle (which is generally not desirable).
When we cut down on food drastically, the body begins to break down muscle to meet energy needs. Muscle break down to release energy is faster than breakdown of fat stored in the body, which is not the desirable route to weight loss.
Breaking down muscle leads to:
• a loss of water, creating the illusion of rapid weight loss
• a reduced metabolic rate, so when the diet is stopped it is much easier for the body to gain fat than it was prior to going on the diet.
As a result, with loss of muscle, our body will become fatter over time.
Fad diets often encourage a short-term change in eating behavior, rather than encouraging changes that can be sustained in the long-term basis. It is essential that diet should meet nutritional needs, and is practical and suitable for individual lifestyles.
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Good Health comes with a healthy weight, neither too more nor too less. The Key to healthy weight is what we eat and how much we eat along with moderate to high exercise.In recent years, there has been a proliferation of fad diets which are sold as low fat diets and the best way to lose weight. Enough research evidence exists that low fat diets don’t work as these replace fat with easily digested carbs.They try to restrict select nutrients from our daily intake, which results in short term weight loss which ultimately leads to nutrient deficiency .
Hundreds of diets have been created, many promising fast and permanent weight loss. Remember the Atkins diet? The grapefruit diet? 3 day water diet? Low carb.. Blood type diet.. and various celebrity diets?
Fact is that any diet will work which gives us fewer calories than what we intake.
The best diet for losing weight is one that is good for all parts of your body, from your brain to your toes, and not just for our waistline. It should also be one which we can manage for a longer period of time without too much issues. Ideally a good diet plan is one that offers plenty of good to taste and healthy choices, excludes only few foods, and is easy on wallet and availability.
The Most common diet that fits the above bill is a Mediterranean-type diet.
Mediterranean diet and its variations which typically consists of
· Several servings of fruits and vegetables a day
· Whole-grain breads and cereals
· Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and olive oil
· Lean protein from poultry, fish, and beans
· Limited amounts of red meat
· Moderate wine consumption with meals .