The new year brought on a mass of commitments involving new diets and workout programs. That would be great if people actually handled these commitments the right way instead of searching for an easy and quick fix. The thing about quick and easy is that they don’t last. Not only that but if you don’t work hard for it, will you truly appreciate it? Probably not.
Diets diets diets
While you might still be searching for the right diet for your needs and lifestyle, let’s talk about a few diets to stay away from. Keep reading for the three diets you should never go on and why they are bad for your health.
This popular fad diet has soared through 2018 and coming into 2019. But where did it come from and why is it so popular? Originally, the ketogenic (or keto) diet was created to help manage seizures in epileptic individuals. This high-fat, low-carb diet forces the body to use fats as its’ primary source of fuel. While it is not recommended for adults, it is widely used in children with epilepsy who are not responding to epileptic medication. When the body goes into ketosis, a result of the body using fat for energy, this releases a chemical called decanoic acid. Decanoic acid is a chemical that helps relieve epileptic seizures.
Why It’s Bad
For a typical healthy adult, the ketogenic diet is not sustainable and frankly, not very safe. This diet is so low in carbohydrates that you may as well eliminate that food group entirely. Eliminating an entire food group is never a good idea because you are missing out on valuable nutrients. There are three macronutrients the body needs: Protein, fats, and carbohydrates. The goal is to eat an equal amount of each at each meal, not eliminate them. Carbohydrates are what gives the body energy and fuels organs such as your brain, kidneys, and heart.
The Dukan diet, another celebrity-promoted diet here and that should tell you something. Whenever it takes a celebrity to promote something, it’s a sign that it’s too good to be true! The Dukan Diet is similar to the Atkins Diet and the Keto Diet above, in that it is another low-carb diet (seriously, what does everyone have against these poor nutrients?). Created by Dr. Dunkan in the 1970s, it came about simply by an obese patient stating that as long as he didn’t have to give up meat, he’d give up anything else to lose weight. Really? It’s broken down into four phases: Attack, Cruise, Consolidation, and Stabilization.
Why It’s Bad
Why is the Dukan Diet bad for you though? Not only is it trying to eliminate a food group (like everyone else), the first phase begins with not allowing you to eat fruits or vegetables. What? No vegetables? None. That is insane to me! Vegetables should be your goal, eat more vegetables kids! I promise vegetables will not make you fat. It would take an impossible amount of vegetables to actually do that. In the end, I see you gaining whatever weight you might have lost on this ridiculous diet plan.
The Master Cleanse
Oh boy, there should be a warning sign on this one.
It’s just another “lose weight quick” scheme. Of course, another celebrity was on it therefore, you should be too, right? No. By now it’s safe to say that celebrities aren’t always correct. I get it, they are in the public eye all the time and the pressure to look incredible is intense. Healthy isn’t always on their minds when it comes to looking great (and feeling like crap I’m sure).
The Master Cleanse Diet has been around since the 70s and basically, you cannot eat anything solid for 10 days. Bummer. Don’t fret though, you get to “enjoy” a concoction of lemon juice, pure maple syrup, cayenne pepper with (wait for it) – WATER! Yummy. Doesn’t that sound good? You get to have this whenever you feel hungry. Okay, so one every hour, that’s roughly 10-12 glasses a day (for me because I’d always feel hungry). They claim you would have about 700 calories a day but I’m calculating more like 1,800 on my 10-12 glasses a day. By that time I could have had some oatmeal, a salad with chicken, some yogurt and berries, and a nice dinner.
Why It’s Bad
If I have to tell you why this is bad, we might want to start over, but I will. For one thing, 700 calories a day is insanely low. The recommended caloric intake for women to stay above is 1,200 calories a day. That’s the line, you should not go under that. The other thing is, again, you are losing a lot, A LOT, of vitamins and nutrients on this diet. This is why it’s called a diet, you might feel as if you are dying. Also, like the Dukan Diet, I have a feeling that when you come off of this Master Cleanse, any weight you lost you will ultimately gain back. You wasted your time, your money, and 10 days hating your life.
Which Diet Should I Be On?
First, let me say that yes, cutting down on how many carbs you consume will most likely result in weight loss. That being said, just cut your portion sizes down some, don’t eliminate them completely. Your carbohydrate intake should be at least 30% of your daily caloric intake.
Next, stop using the term “diet”, we want to live. To live, we need to be vibrant and healthy. Vibrancy and health are gained by eating well-rounded foods and meals that consist of carbs, proteins, and fats. You want to eat the rainbow with your fruits and vegetables, varying them as much as possible. You should have a serving of vegetables with every single meal and 1-2 servings of fruit a day. You can eat delicious foods and still lose weight, you just need to balance your meals and eat smaller portions. That is weight loss that you can sustain for a lifetime.
FAITH ENGEN ELLIS
Faith is a southern girl, born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys spending time with her husband and fur-baby.
Faith is living a healthy lifestyle and her ultimate passion is to inspire others to do the same.
She decided to change the way she was living 4 years ago, but she wasn’t expecting to actually fall in love with it!
Now she enjoys experimenting with different kinds of fitness and challenging her body to new heights whether it be pilates, plyometric training, or weight training, and she aims to inspire others to realize the strength within themselves as well.
Faith’s favorite product for pre-workout is the Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy line. Her favorite flavor so far has been the peach lemonade, but next on her list is Mocha Cappuccino, yum! The use of natural caffeine sources is a real win for this product and it mixes easily, so there is no grainy texture.
For protein sources, she enjoys Oh Yeah! One Bars for a quick and filling snack on-the-go, of which she has many favorite flavors! Or Gaspari Precision Protein to mix up a shake. Faith’s favorite recipe uses 1 scoop of the Cinnamon Cereal Crunch flavor, mixed with 1/2 a banana, 1/4 a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 cup of ice.
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