Learn Which Fad Diets Are Healthy & Which Ones Are Unhealthy


Learn Which Fad Diets Are Healthy & Which
Ones Are Unhealthy Whether it’s your New Year’s resolution
or just a simple decision to start taking care of your body, losing weight is never
a poor lifestyle choice. The issue though is that there are so many
‘fad’ diets out there that are not sustainable, not to mention unhealthy. Take the 13-day diet for example; this diet
is also known as the Copenhagen Diet, and according to THE SUN, this program claims
that you can lose 20+ pounds in just 13 days. But what if we told you that the 13 day diet
wasn’t as healthy as it seems? What if it wasn’t the best way to support
your goal of weight loss? Stay tuned to find out why. But first, before we begin this video, don’t
forget to subscribe to our channel for more daily tips like this and turn on notifications
so you never miss our new videos! If you are unfamiliar with this diet; the
13-day diet is an extremely short-term and strict diet that relies on the individual
consuming under 1,000 calories a day, which is an extremely lower than the recommended
calorie consumption for adult men and women. According to the experts at the NATIONAL HEALTH
SERVICE, the average man requires around 2,500 calories in order to maintain his healthy
weight, within a balanced healthy diet. For women, that number is slightly less (2,000). Granted, the number of calories you need to
consume will depend on your size and age, so experts recommend different things for
different people. Now that you have the basic background information
about the 13-day diet, let’s talk about why this diet plan is not only unhealthy but
unsafe. SARAH FLOWER, who is a renowned nutritionist
and expert on the subject of weight loss, told the Sun Online that this diet is “A
far cry from healthy.” She mentions that weight loss is more than
just losing pounds; it’s about your body being healthy. She adds that when you do a diet like this
and then go back to eating normally, the lost weight will be regained. Nutritionist, biochemist, and expert DR. INGRID V. VAN HEERDEN, a contributor to the
Health24 website, explains that this diet is unsafe and unhealthy because of the low-calorie
intake and because it is an unbalanced diet. Dr. Van Heerden states that people who are
drastically reducing their calorie intake per day will feel weak, hungry, tired and
can be receptive to illness. Dr. Van Heerden adds that because this diet
cuts out certain food groups, people may suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Not to mention that because this diet is lacking
fruits, dairy, and whole grains, people may also experience kidney problems. According to the WEIGHT-CONTROL INFORMATION
NETWORK, an information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases, a low-calorie diet such as the 13-day diet should only be administered by your physician. In comparison, your physician would use commercially
prepared formulas which would include the necessary micronutrients to ensure that there
is no lack of nutritional requirements. We had the pleasure of speaking to DR. SUSAN S. PERCIVAL, a professor at the University
of Florida who specializes in Food Science and Human Nutrition. It’s safe to say that she’s an expert in both
diets and weight loss. The first thing she said when we mentioned
the 13-day diet was: “That’s three pounds a day. I think the diet has broken the laws of physics.” Dr. Percival is correct when she mentions
the amount of weight a person has to lose per day in order for this diet to be successful. But rather than using the 13-day diet plan,
why not choose a healthier, realistic plan? DR. VAN HEERDEN suggests aiming for weight loss
of 1 to 2 pounds per week which will include 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity per
day along with a balanced diet if fruits and vegetables and reduced consumption of sweetened
drinks. So that’s it, huh? Fad diets never work and you should just stop
trying altogether? WRONG. Turns out, there are actually some fad diets
that work, are good for your health and result in some decent weight loss. Instead of focusing on unhealthy diets like
the 13 day diet, now we’ll look at a couple of fad diets that actually might work for
you! DISCLAIMER: Make sure to consult your physician
before starting any sort of diet, as different diets have different effects on people. Now that’s out of the way, let’s dive right
into those fad diets! 1) The Atkins Diet. You’ve probably heard of this one because
HEALTH LINE describes it as “the most famous low-carb weight loss diet in the world”. It was brought to a presumably much fatter
public by Robert Atkins in the early 1970s, and we are much skinner for it. Today, we’ll go over how it works and you
can see if it’s right for you. There are four stages to the Atkins diet,
the first of which is a two week induction phase. During this part, your carbs will be set at
20 grams a day, but you can have unlimited amounts of protein and fat. After the two weeks, you’ll start to add back
your carbs in at 5 grams a day. This is so you can find what HEALTH LINE calls
your “critical carbohydrate levels” for maintaining and losing weight. According to studies reported on PUBMED, the
Atkins diet is probably one of the most effective in the world for weight loss. It teaches you discipline and how to eat healthily,
so we’re really not surprised that it works so well! 2) South Beach Diet. Ahh yes, Florida. Home of alligators, pythons, retired grandparents
and (shutters) the Miami Dolphins. However, it’s also home to one of the best
diets for weight loss in at least the nation. Created by a man named Dr. Arthur Agatston,
it was designed to do, what else, help his patients lose a bunch of weight. Here’s how the South Beach Diet works: it’s
similar to the Atkins diet, however, it puts more emphasis on protein rather than having
unrestricted fats. So during phase one, you’re eating a lot of
protein but cutting back on carbs and fat. In fact, most of this diet is very low in
carbs and very low in fat, however, things get a little less restrictive in Phases 2
and 3. Get this– PUBMED reports that after they
took a 12-week study looking at the South Beach Diet’s effects, they found that adults
lost at least 11 pounds and 2 inches off their waist. Combined with some exercise, this diet sounds
like it would be pretty effective! 3) Vegan Diets. We hesitate to label a vegan diet as a “fad”
because in recent years it’s become pretty standard. However, HEALTH LINE definitely describes
it as a fad diet, so who are we to say the opposite? Plus, it would be helpful to examine the vegan
diet here, because it’s a very viable option when it comes to losing weight. Sure, you can call them “unbalanced” or “extreme”
or call the people who constantly bang on about them “pretentious” or “on their high
horse” but like it or not, it’s a good weight loss option. They’re also kind of right though, as a lot
of vegan food is processed, which won’t make you lose weight. If you’re going to go vegan, definitely go
whole foods. If you’re not sure if we mean the type of
food or the store, you could probably do both, to be honest. Anyways, let’s talk results. Apparently, according to once again our experts
and friends down at PUBMED, one six-month controlled study of 63 overweight adults each
had the subjects do different diets. The people who did the vegan diet lost twice
as much weight as the other participants. Oddly enough, they also lost twice as many
friends (we’re just kidding vegans, we know we give you a hard time but you’re just so
darn healthy! Maybe it’s jealousy). 4) Ketogenic Diet. Sometimes known as the “keto” diet, this one
has been whispered around the media and the offices of nutritionists for some time now. What it does is changes your sugar to ketones,
which are compounds made of fatty acids your brain can use to make energy. Unlike say Atkins and the South Beach Diet,
this diet instead doesn’t gradually increase your carbs and instead keeps it very low to
keep its practitioners in a state of “ketosis”. Ketosis is the state in which your body burns
ketones instead of carbs. For reference, those doing the Keto Diet typically
get around 50 grams of carbs a day (sometimes even less than 30) which you’ll recall is
the amount you’re given during the first phase of the Atkins diet. Here’s what HEALTH LINE had to say about the
results of this diet: “In a controlled two-year study of 45 obese adults, those in the ketogenic
group dropped 27.5 pounds (12.5 kg), and lost 29 inches (11.4 cm) from their waists, on
average.” That’s about 13 pounds and 14.5 inches off
their waistline a year! Not only that, but studies suggest that ketones
apparently reduce appetite, which means you’ll even be eating less! Neat! And that’s it for our list of fad diets! What about you? What diet works best for you? Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with a fad
diet that you want to share. Let us know in the comments section below
all about your various good or bad experiences with fad diets.

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