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Side Effects of Unhealthy Fad Diets

Any average person suffering from weight issue has at least once in their life have given a shot and tried these fad diets. Its natural for anyone to first indulge in self help before they fail, or their situation in some case worsens, that they seek out professional guidance. Take a minute and reflect on what might you have exposed your body to unintentionally.

Balanced Diet

Most of the fad diets are popularly termed as “yo-yo” diets that give you a short term solution to quick weight loss but do not guarantee any long term sustenance of the weight loss. Besides it deprives body of nutrition resulting in low blood pressure, reduced energy and fatigue. If you continue to under nourish your body with an unbalanced diet your metabolism also starts to slow down over time.

The latest trend amongst most diet is a low carbohydrate and high protein diet. The biggest drawback of this diet consuming a diet rich in protein deprives the body of calcium resulting in osteoporosis, especially women in their early to mid thirties. This diet also has a long term effect on regular functioning of the kidney.

Another extremely interesting paradox that every fad diet follower suffers is from reduced metabolic rate due to the poor dietary intake. Being on a constant diet over a period of time slows down your metabolic rate. This is your body’s natural phenomenon of dealing with lack of enough nutrition and food. The body goes into the starvation mode where all the food that is consumed is stored in the body as fat thus increasing your tendency to put on weight even when you are on the fad diet.

These diets have been around for decades and are extremely dated. They have gained popularity overtime is due to a few celebrities who have once in a while taken to extreme measures to lose weight for an upcoming movie. But then again have been criticized heavily in media for doing so. Their excuse is that they needed to do because they get paid for looking a certain way. Then why is it that most of us get carried away and follow them blindly even after knowing the side effects of such fad diets.

These diets have been around for decades and are extremely dated. They have gained popularity overtime is due to a few celebrities who have once in a while taken to extreme measures to lose weight for an upcoming movie. But then again they have been criticized heavily in media for doing so. Their excuse is that they needed to do because they get paid for looking a certain way. Then why is it that most of us get carried away and follow them blindly even after knowing the side effects of such fad diets.

There are no shortcuts to anything then how is being healthy any different. The best way to manage your weight is to strike a balance between a well-balanced diet and exercise. Especially since there are no generic way to solve everyone’s weight issues the approach to manage it should be extremely personalized /customized to ensure long term solution.  To start with you should seek good professional help that offers a combination of good diet and exercise based on your life style and routine. The closer you work with your current situation and gradually incorporate lifestyle changed like healthy eating, effective exercise the easier and lasting will be the effects of  a good weight loss program.

— this article is written by a dietitian @ FitHo
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