The new year is coming right up, and many people are planning to lose weight, work out, and improve their health. Please do yourself a favor – do not fall prey to these schemes. Just like cults, these “diets” suck you in with a religious fervor, making false promise. Avoid them at all costs. Ready or not, here they are…
Juicing cleanses and diets – starving yourself to cleanse your digestive track is wrong on so many levels. First, you’ve got a liver to do that for you. Second, the minute you’re done with the cleanse, your body will be screaming for extra calories. Within a few days you will be back to your original weight. Lastly, juice cleanses may rob your body of important nutrients.
Fruitarian diet – perhaps inspired by the Steve Jobs book and movie, this diet is composed of 80% fruit. News flash – there is absolutely too much of a good thing! Too much sugar, and not enough muscle building protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients. Yes, Ive never heard of anyone getting fat on just fruit, but I’ve also never heard of the body repairing itself without protein and transporting nutrients without fat.
Ketogenic diet – drum roll please… this is an extreme version of a low carb diet that is high in fat and protein to the point that not enough energy is available for proper cellular function. The body starts to break down fats to provide the energy the body needs. But the breakdown also creates “ketone bodies” that can cause ketosis – a condition that can easily lead to life threatening ketoacidosis. Not to mention that this extremely restrictive diet is almost impossible to keep up with for more than a few months. Some cancer patients have shown signs of cancer shrinkage or removal from long bouts of Keto, but much further research is needed to prove anything for certain.
SAD – also know as the Standard American Diet, is an extremely unhealthy way to eat that most of us have taken for granted because it is the norm these days. Going on a low calorie version of this diet won’t do you much good if you eat processed diet foods that are full of artificial ingredients.
“Preying on your intentions, and your wallets, are many extreme, scientifically worthless, and outright dangerous diets.” – Tim
Our suggestion for this year is to focus on eating healthy, home made food that is rich in plant based dishes. You will start losing weight, albeit at a slow pace, but you will be able to keep at it for years.
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