Seems like the whole week will be dedicated to posts about nutrition, but right now this topic is close to my heart. Sometimes I get irritated by the misleading information about nutrition and weight loss that is being spread in our community.
It looks like nowadays everybody who can lose 30 pounds can write a book or create a fan page and teach people “how to eat healthy and work out properly”. As it is said there are people for everything, no matter how dumb the advises of some fitness “guru” are, he will always have followers.
An argument that people use to defend their diet is “it works”. Let me ask you, exactly how it works? How do you understand that this diet works? Just because you are losing weight? There are a bunch of diseases that are “accompanied” with weight loss. Does that mean that a person should get sick in order to lose weight? Does that mean that the disease works? This is absurd!
When you judge a diet objectively, you should look not just the short term positives but also the long term consequences. I don’t care if you lost 50 pounds in three months! You can’t convince me that the diet is healthy. In order to evaluate a diet, you should look exactly for this- the health aspect! I know a handful of people who lose weight with different fad diets, paying with their health in return, but they still defend their thesis that the diet itself is healthy! Just because a diet helps you lose weight, that doesn’t mean it is good for your health!
There are a lot of ridiculous fad diets, circulating around the web and honestly I have absolutely no desire to waste my time reading them. By accident I landed on a page, praising the famous 90 day diet, which is supposed to be healthy and does wonders for you. Blah, blah. It was enough to read how one day you are supposed to eat just proteins, next day just fruits, after that something else. Instantly a question pops up in my mind. When is the day for fats? Or probably fats aren’t supposed to be part of a healthy diet? Yea, right! You almost made me believe! Besides that how come one day is just for one macro nutrient and other days are for others? Do I need just proteins on Mondays, carbs on Wednesdays and so forth? I thought that our body needed proteins, carbs and fats every day in the right proportions! But obviously geniuses that stand behind these fad diets, discovered new principles in the way our body functions.
It is pointless to keep on going with the sarcasm. I think to sum up in short, why these absurd diets lead to weight loss, but that still doesn’t mean they are HEALTHY!
1.People who follow these diets and see big results, usually had a really unhealthy lifestyle prior to that. They used to eat processed foods, candies, soda and stuff like that. Most diets that circulate in media always exclude junk food and fried foods. It is logical that when you cut out those foods, you are gonna lose weight. Every diet that cuts out processed food and other junk food will lead to weight loss!
2. Most diets always cut out calories. There is always some kind of a daily calorie intake that is being permitted. If before that you used to eat a lot more calories than you needed, it is obvious that when you cut down the calories your weight will start dropping!
And before you come at me, I know that some of these diets are the better alternative when choosing between them and the traditional SAD diet. But still, when you look the long term aspect, these diets could harm your health and I think it is way better to take some time and educate yourself- how your body functions and what it needs. After that when reading something, let your critical thinking do its work!
What is your opinion? Do you think the short term positives are worth the long term consequences? Are you willing to take the time and educate yourself about the way your body functions?
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