Weight loss products are a billion dollar industry today. People are constantly searing for that “miracle drug” and easy way out. With celebrity endorsements and promises of giving us the body we’ve always wanted it is hard not to be tempted. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Here are a list of some of the most popular diets and exactly why they don’t work.
The master cleanse – This diet boasts of “clearing toxins” from your body. Doctors have proven this to be absolutely not true, there is no evidence of these alleged “toxins”. Your body is engineered to naturally cleanse itself within at the most three days (hello digestive system). If you feel…. ahem plugged up, simply incorporate more fiber rich fruits and vegetables into your diet and cut out the junk food!
Calorie counting – Cutting too many calories too fast will send a message to your brain to go into starvation mode. This means your body will hold onto every calorie you put in your body and store as much fat as it can. It will also burn calories slower to conserve energy to get you through the day. Eventually you will become weak, fatigued and agitated. Any weight that is lost is mostly water weight and will be put right back on the second you cave from this ridiculous diet. This method never lasts because being hungry, tired and cranky is no way to live.
Weight loss programs – These programs may work in the short term but are designed to set you up for failure, in my opinion. Having pre-portioned meals delivered to your house or heated up in the microwave may offer a quick fix but does not teach you how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Once you go out to dinner or wean yourself off of the packaged meals, you go right back to your old eating habits and gain all that weight back.
Adderall Diet – This ADD medication has caused an uproar in Hollywood as the new diet for celebrities. The drug triggers the release of dopamine in the brain which regulates pleasure. The side effects are a feeling of euphoria and loss of appetite. But dangerous side effects like migrane headaches, irritability, mood swings, and increased heart rate. This drug is very addictive and should not be used recreationally.
Low Carbohydrate – Cutting all carbs will leave you fatigued, irritable, and starving. The low carb diet works if your only cutting back on refined carbs such as soda and processed foods made with white flour. I do think cutting back on these items is a good lifestyle change but concentrate on eating more real food, fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, etc. Don’t concentrate so much on the carb content.
Weight-loss pills – A majority of these products are not approved by the FDA and are extremely bad for your body. These products promise to be a miracle drug but are just simply unrealistic, unnatural, and unhealthy. They are dangerous, they mess with your metabolism and if (that is a big ‘if’) you lose weight on them, I can guarantee you with 99% accuracy that you will gain it all back and then some once you are off the pills. If I haven’t made myself clear yet, DON’T DO IT!!