Admit it, the faster we get that leaner, less flabby body we want, the better. That’s why fad diets never lose their appeal – they all claim to give us results quicker than we can imagine and ever work for! However, doctors warn us about them, on repeat.
Dieting doesn’t keep you from not thinking about your favorite foods—you think about them more. — Anne Cuthbert, MA, LPC
“The bigger claims they make, the more you should be wary,” says one health professional from New York regarding diet methods. “These fad diets could bring more harm than good to your body.”
This NY doctor along with a few dieticians and health advocates give their take on the five most dangerous diets practiced today and why they could be doing more harm than good to your body.
The Hollywood Diet
The Hollywood Diet’s creators, Jamie and Larry, claim that their regimen allows dieters to lose as much as 10 pounds in a 48-hour period provided that you get all your daily nutrient needs within this time via their specially-blended juice concentrate mixed with water. The dieter shouldn’t take in any other food item.
“The Hollywood Diet is good for detox or cleansing,” says one healthy lifestyle buff. “But I don’t think I’ll be able to survive it long-term.”
“This diet is extremely deficient in calories, only 800 compared to the standard 2,000-calorie intake for every person,” says one Los Angeles-based nutritionist. “This puts your body in a starvation mode which is quite harmful in the long run.”
Aside from these, the dieter may experience constipation or diarrhea, exhaustion, and nausea.
Several studies dating back to the 1990’s indicated that the “ideal” female body as portrayed by the media has become progressively (and more unrealistically) thinner with each decade since the 1950’s. — Shelley H Carson Ph.D.
The Baby Food Diet
The premise of this diet method replace the dieter’s breakfast and lunch with pureed foods rationed in tiny jars (thus, the name as the jars resemble ready-to-eat baby food jars sold in supermarkets) and to eat a low-calorie meal for dinner.
“What’s wrong with this diet? Well, why to settle down for puree when you can have the real deal?” said one New York-based doctor. “It’s better to increase your serving of fruits and vegetables and lower your sodium consumption than deny yourself the pleasure you can get from eating and chewing real food.”
Consuming drinks with glucose (like lemonade) makes people have higher levels of self-control on a variety of tasks. — Nathan A Heflick Ph.D.
The Master Cleanse (Also Known As The Lemonade Diet)
Beyonce did this diet method – which consists of downing glasses of water infused with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup – and survived to tell the tale.
“Yes, the Master Cleanse lets you get off some pounds, but those are mostly water weight,” said the LA nutritionist. “You’ll most likely get the weight back when you also go back to eating solid foods. Besides, these kinds of diets are the ones that cause you to lose muscle mass which slows down your metabolism. The result? You’ll have a more difficult time losing weight in the future. Is it worth that risk?”
The Sleeping-Beauty Diet
This fad diet’s premise encourages dieters to down drugs so they can sleep their way to thinner waists. Accordingly, if you sleep in, you skip a few meals which result in you losing weight.
“This, by far, is the most harmful in the list,” said the NY doctor and the group agreed. “Not eating and drinking for days slow down a person’s metabolism and could bring about dehydration. Additionally, taking in unprescribed sleeping medications or other illegal drugs to induce sleep for days is very dangerous to one’s health.”
What’s The Best Diet To Follow?
“Look for diet plans that allow you to lose one to two pounds a week,” said the LA nutritionist.
“Most of all, don’t fall for the “lose weight easily and fast” diets that keep coming up,” said the NY-based medical practitioner.