Fad diets are hopefully a fad

Trying the diet you saw on a 3 a.m. infomercial last night should make you feel guilty about actually believing it would work.

Fad diets are really quite silly. Sometimes, even the creators of them agree, as was the case with University professor David Bernlohr.

Bernlohr actually created his own fad diet by accident. As a result of studying obesity and metabolism, Bernlohr knew what would help him lose weight; and he did – 40 pounds. To Bernlohr’s chagrin, his dramatic weight loss attracted attention to his new diet, and it exploded on the United States. His increasingly famous Northwoods diet consists of lowering carbohydrate intake throughout the day and eating three meals before 7 p.m.

Whether it is the infamous Atkins diet you’ve tried, cabbage-soup diet, grapefruit diet, South Beach diet or a detox diet, chances are it didn’t turn out as you wanted.

The effects of the dramatic changes during a fad diet are proven to be unhealthy for teens. They have shown multiple symptoms, including tiredness, fatigue, headache, nausea and even acne.

During correct participation in most fad diets, weight is lost, but it is mostly water weight and lean muscle – not the fat that people think they are losing. The induction phase, or first few days of a fad diet, often requires intense discipline and even fasting. Most people cannot keep up with the demands of a fad diet and usually gain back any weight that was lost during the induction phase.

People keep putting themselves through fad diets to lose weight quickly, but the weight comes back. People need to realize fad diets are not helping them and eating correctly and exercising is more likely to help you lose weight in a healthy manner.

The best way to keep a healthy diet is to be sure to eat three meals a day, including breakfast. Eat a variety of foods for different nutrients, and watch portion size. Many portions served in restaurants are two or even three times as big as the recommended serving size.

Last, but not least, exercise. If you want to be healthy, and especially if you want to be thin, you’ve got to work for it.

Popping diet pills or trying the Hollywood detox diet you saw on an infomercial last night at 3 a.m. should make you feel guilty about actually believing you wouldn’t have to work to lose weight.