February 17, 2018

Fad Diets That Are Actually Really Unhealthy

We often think that diets are the way to go to improve our health and lose weight, but in actuality, some of them are pointless – and can actually be downright dangerous.

The best way to stay healthy is by getting sufficient exercise and changing your diet to involve less fatty and sugary foods and adding more nutritious meals (or at least consulting a doctor or dietician if you want to dramatically cut calorie intake). However, people are still flocking to these “miracle” diets – so let’s take a closer look at 13 of them that can actually be detrimental to your health…

1. The Skinny on The Ketogenic Diet

GoodHousekeeping.com describes this as a “high-fat, low-carb diet” which is supposed to spark a process called ketosis, “when your body primarily burns fat for energy instead of carbs.”

However, it notes that in some versions of this diet, less than 10-percent of what you take in are carbohydrates and protein, “which may be great if you like to eat bacon and butter for every single meal.” This type of diet is apparently also used to treat seizure disorders that aren’t responding to medication – so maybe not a great idea to use this route if you don’t need to, as an extreme diet can alter brain chemistry, it adds.
2. Detoxing with Tea or ‘Tea-toxing’

The same source warns about using tea to shed pounds. Sure, a nice cup of tea won’t do you any harm, but there are apparently “weight-loss” teas containing certain herbs out there to be careful with.

The detox teas to watch out for in particular contain senna leaves, “an active ingredient in laxatives,” says the source. You might end up having an unfortunate accident, but more concerning is that you’ll lose electrolytes when you shed water, which can lead to cramping – and in the worst cases, cardiac arrest, it says.

3. The Regimented Military Diet

This one sounds rather daunting, like you have to live off 50-calories per day while running 10-miles daily. In actuality, it’s a 3-day per week diet that is purported to shed 10-pounds when you follow it properly, according to MedicalDaily.com.

It also allows for 860 to 1,150-calories per day. “It’s all based on how many calories the body needs to gain one pound of fat,” which is 3,500-calories per day, it adds. The idea is you’ll burn more than you take in per day and target fat first, a “form of fasting.” However, this diet doesn’t allow for any “superfoods” that are packed with nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids that benefit the brain, which can mean “cognitive processing becomes more difficult,” notes the source.

4. Shaking Pounds with Protein?

Drinking protein shakes is popular because of convenience and the level of nutrition they can deliver, explains Livestrong.com. However, the source explains what can happen to your body if you don’t mix diet with proper exercise (protein shakes are typically used by athletes and bodybuilders).

It says a typical whey protein shake contains around 110-calories made with water, which can easily jump to 300-calories if it’s mixed with milk and a banana. “Over time, those calories can add up to weight gain, and it’s likely to be in the form of fat rather than muscle if you’re not regularly exercising,” says the source.

5. Slow Down on the Fasting

Fasting is typically when you consume nothing (or only the essentials) for a given period of time. While GoodHousekeeping.com notes some studies have shown there could be health benefits to fasting, let’s slow it down for a moment.

“Not eating can make you not only cranky, but also nauseous and dehydrated,” says the source. More importantly to those looking to lose weight, you might be in for a shock – the source adds that fasting can actually slow down your metabolism, which could lead to weight gain over time from burning less energy.

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