The Truth About Two Fad Diets

Some of the latest fad diets on the market right now should have you thinking twice.
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As we are now settled into the new year, the resolutions that were made now seem to fall by the wayside.  For me, I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions but instead continue on my journey of health and wellness, and being a better human being on planet Earth.

For many people, resolutions always mean getting healthy and starting a new diet to lose weight.  Most of the time, many people who buy gym memberships and start a new diet never complete it. The gym membership never gets completed and it becomes a waste of money. Each year new diets come on the market promising quick weight loss and many people jump at the chance to get into shape.

Some of the latest fad diets on the market right now are:

Keto Diet

The keto or ketogenic diet came about last year. Everyone was jumping on board to the hype of the quick weight loss it claimed you would have if you started doing it. The diet is not something new. Doctors have been using it in medicine for over 100 years in treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children. The diet causes the body to release ketones into the bloodstream. It is an extremely low or no carbohydrate diet. Low carbohydrate causes blood sugar levels to drop and the body breaks down fat to use as energy.  The claim is that the keto diet is successful with significantly overweight or obese people. However, reviews point out that on a low carbohydrate diet, most people regain some of their weight back and the weight they lost is mostly water weight.

The keto diet is a strict diet. It is an 800 calorie a day diet. Anything under 1,200 calories a day is considered a starvation diet which means, you are starving yourself on this diet which is harmful to your health in my opinion.  The keto diet requires dieters to have 75 percent of their calories come from fat, 20 percent from protein and only 5 percent from carbohydrates. The body requires up to 65 percent of carbs so this is a drastic change for your body. When the body is deprived of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and nucleic acid, you are starving yourself. These macronutrients are very important for your overall health and well-being and should not be deprived.

When on the diet people don’t eat enough fiber which can cause constipation and digestive problems. People may also lack magnesium and Vitamin D which can cause muscle cramps, brittle bones, and fractures. This diet is a high-fat diet where keto dieters eat more meat and fish, so if you are a vegetarian or vegan, this diet would not be to your liking. This diet can cause liver and kidney problems since unhealthy fats is allowed on the diet and can lead to kidney stones and gout.

The keto diet should not be done without consulting a doctor. It is not for everyone and should not be done for months since it is not a well-balanced meal plan diet.  This diet could put your life in danger because of nutritional deficiencies and damage to your liver. Putting your life in danger to lose 10 pounds to fit into the latest outfit is not worth your health.

Mojito Diet

The latest fad diet originated by Dr. Juan Rivera, a Miami internist is a 14-day diet plan. It is a low carb and intermittent fasting diet. The diet allows you to eat your comfort foods and claims to improve your heart health. By targeting fats without causing carb cravings and hunger pains the claim is you’ll lose weight. You are able to reward yourself with a refreshing mojito at least twice a week. I am not quite sure how this diet is beneficial to your health.

These fad diets are for quick weight loss and are not a healthy way to lose weight. They are usually temporary because the weight loss is water weight and you gain the weight back quickly. You need to follow a well-balanced meal plan which includes all the macronutrients the body needs, protein, fat, carbohydrates, and nucleic acid.

Setting realistic goals with a well-balanced diet and an exercise regimen is an overall plan for a healthy new you. A plant-based diet should be the diet of choice.

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Sr. Contributor: Beverly is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition/SUNY Purchase as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Beverly practices a holistic approach to health and wellness... and is a Vegan. Change your diet Change your life.

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