You Really Need to Avoid These 3 Diet Fads
Diet fads notoriously vow to make you lose all those excess pounds effortlessly and in very little time. Sometimes they even promise that you don’t need to exercise at all just to lose weight. In fact, all (take note of the ALL, because this is true and based on research) fad diets promise that if you just take a magic pill, a super food, or follow a certain weight loss eating program, this will greatly promote weight loss without having to produce much effort. In short, it’s something that’s too good to be true, and when this is the case, the diet is just a scam to make money from you and also give you long term nutritional deficiencies.
The Five-Bite Diet
The concept of this diet is very simple. Instead of counting off calories, all you need to do is to skip breakfast (you can have coffee or juice or both during breakfast, or not), eat only five bites of anything you like during lunch or dinner, and drink as much liquids as you like except soda and sugary drinks. Unfortunately, the diet allows you to consume only 800 calories daily, way below the recommended daily allowance. Thus, you are literally starving yourself to lose weight while leading to nutritional deficiencies.
The Raw Food Diet
This eating plan requires you to eat raw fruits, vegetables, and grains. The idea is that cooking food destroys its natural enzymes and nutrients. Also, raw foods are low in calories, fats, and calcium. However, cooking kills of bacteria and actually enhances the food’s nutrients. This eating plan is also hard on the digestive system and may lead to indigestion, constipation, malnutrition, and a low immune system.
The Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet
This is a liquid diet that claims to detoxify the body to give weight loss. It’s a 10-day plan wherein all you take in 12 times a day is a special lemonade cleansing drink. Unfortunately, that “special” detox drink consists of lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, a diuretic drink that will only make you shed off water weight. Once you return to eating solids, that water weight will all return.