Fad Diets You Should Avoid

Everyone wants to look their best and, in our quest for the better body of our dreams, we sometimes fall prey to unhealthy fad diets that promise fast results. It seems that a new diet pops up every other day, but more often than not, they are impossible to follow and endanger the health of anyone who attempts to adhere to their arbitrary rules. You should avoid these types of diets at all costs.

Here is a list of some problematic fad diets you should skip:

  • The Five-Bite Diet: On this diet, you are allowed to eat whatever you want, but you have to limit it to give bites. Additionally, dieters are required to skip breakfast. This means that, throughout your whole day, you are only going to eat five bites of food for lunch and another five for dinner. While eating smaller portions is, in theory, a good idea, this diet takes it to the extreme. Even if you manage to take gigantic bites of high-calorie foods, you will barely consume, at most, 900 to 1,000 calories a day, which is well below the necessary amount for any adult, especially if you have an active lifestyle. Not only is this unhealthy, but not sustainable for the long run, so you will only end up putting weight back on once you resume eating as always have.
  • The Master Cleanse: This diet, or variations of it, have actually been around for decades and they all involve subsisting on lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper mixed in water. Since this is basically a diet of diuretics, you will mostly shed water weight, which means you will gain all that weight back once you resume eating solid food again. Not only will you gain the weight back, but while you are on this dangerous cleanse, you might experience fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and dehydration. You might even lose muscle, which is the kind of weight you never want to lose.
  • The Sleeping Beauty Diet: No one eats while they are asleep, so this diet takes that concept to the extreme and encourages followers to use sedatives to stay asleep for days at a time. True, you might wake up lighter, but you will experience muscle deterioration from lack of movement and you might even risk death.
  • The Grapefruit Diet: This is another fad diet that has been around for decades, instructing dieters to focus their meals on grapefruit or grapefruit juice due to a claim that it contains fat-busting enzymes. Of course, any time you follow an incredibly low-calorie diet, you are going to lose weight. This diet limits individuals to eating 800 to 1,000 calories a day, which will certainly get you to shed some pounds, but it is not sustainable and, even if it were, you would put your health at serious risk since it lacks the adequate amount of nutrients your body needs.

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