Five crazy diet trends you should avoid
Everyone’s always looking for the quickest way to lose weight, and while it’s important to be mindful of an expanding waistline, fad diets (like the ones listed below) can often lead to serious health problems or even weight gain, if done improperly. The worst culprits at promoting these diets are often celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Miley Cyrus and allegedly even General Motors has created their own weight loss plan for their employees. Check out some of these crazy diet trends below!
Crazy Diets to Avoid
General Motors Diet
This diet was created as an in-house weight loss program for General Motors employees and became a huge phenomenon in India. The diet consists of a week-long regimen, where you eat specific foods on each day. Day one requires consumption of only fruits, excluding bananas. On day two, only vegetables are allowed, with potatoes for breakfast. Day three is a combination of fruits and vegetables. Day four has a regimen of bananas, skim milk or yogurt, and GM soup (a water-based stew of onions, green peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and celery). Day five is devoted to brown rice, cottage cheese, and tomatoes, with the restriction of potatoes. Day six is also brown rice, with the addition of vegetables and chicken. If you’re veg, cottage cheese is an alternative. The final day, day seven, has two cups of brown rice and unlimited servings of fruits and vegetables.
Although this diet may lead to rapid weight loss due to cutting calories and removing fattening foods from your mealtimes, it’s very difficult to maintain this weight loss unless you continue this regimen strictly. Who doesn’t want to indulge occasionally?
Our advice? Don’t try it. You’ll probably gain the weight back soon after you lose it.
This is a popular celebrity diet with fans such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Zooey Deschanel. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). A gluten-free diet is normally followed by individuals with celiac disease, a disease that causes inflammation in the small intestine. Eating a gluten-free diet helps those with celiac disease balance the symptoms of the condition. However, many who do not have celiac disease use this diet as a weight loss treatment.
This diet can be harmful due to the lack of vitamins and nutrients such as calcium, iron, and fibre, meaning you’ll have duller skin and brittle nails.
Baby Food Diet
This diet involves eating baby food as meal supplements. As tempting as the idea of perfectly portioned helpings of veggies, meat, and fruits may be, baby food has good reason to be only for babies. An adult male and female need a significant amount of fibre and other nutrients, which aren’t plentiful in the highly processed and strained baby food. Also, a lack of fat and protein will lead the user to become hungry again within a short period of time.
This diet is a controversial weight loss plan which puts no limits on the amount of food eaten and allows you to eat traditionally restricted foods like red meat and cheese. In return, Atkins severely restricts the consumption of refined sugar, milk, white rice, or white flour. That means, you eat mostly protein and fat and shun most carbohydrates. In the first two weeks of the diet, fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads aren’t allowed.
Gradually, as weight loss goals are achieved, participants re-introduce fibre-rich carbohydrates, although continue to shun white-flour based foods. While this diet has the potential for significant weight loss, its long-term effects may include heart disease and an inclination towards stroke and cancer. In essence, you can lose weight by cutting calories, but if most of those calories are fattening, it won’t promote a healthy existence even if you lose weight.
The Dukan Diet
A diet of choice for actress/singer Jennifer Lopez and model Giselle Bundchen, this popular French diet is four phases, all of which have high-protein/low calorie meal options. In the first phase, called “attack”, dieters eat lean protein, like fish, poultry, eggs, soy, and nonfat dairy, along with 1.5 tablespoons of oat bran and 1.5 liters of water daily. The second phase, “cruise”, allows for 28 non-starchy vegetables every other day, lean/low-fat protein, and oat bran. Phase three, “consolidation”, has unlimited protein, vegetables every day, low-sugar fruits (like apples), and one portion of hard cheese. Dieters can also have 1-2 starchy meals and 1-2 “celebration” meals, where you can eat whatever you choose. The final phase, “stabilization”, is where the dieter learns how to keep from regaining weight by following the Dukan Diet’s lifelong rules: one day a week of all protein, three tablespoons of wheat bran, and 20 minutes of walking daily.
While this diet may seem initially very appealing, and you most certainly will lose weight, the reality is that this diet does not include all the nutrients needed for good health and to keep hunger pangs in check. Nutrient deficiencies often put the dieter at risk of gallstones and kidney failure, which is a lot to risk for a smaller pant size.
Watch out for these crazy trends and remember, the best diets don’t often see results immediately but require long and sustained commitments to staying slim by eating healthfully and exercising!
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