Now that 2015 is over, we can review the diet trends that have infiltrated us over the last year.
Some diets are interesting and others are flat out ridiculous. You will find that the diet industry will capitalize on whatever information is intriguing to desperate consumers.
Learn how to read fad diets and find the flaws in each of these diet plans.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The Fast Diet
The Fast Diet originated in the United Kingdom and took off rather quickly.
It consists of eating normally as you would five days a week. The other two days of the week you restrict your calories to 600 calories a day for men and 500 calories a day for women.
That is roughly a quarter of the calories your body needs.
Although this diet claims fast and easy weight loss, the “fast” in The Fast Diet actually stands for fasting.
Cutting your calories down that low will leave you starving and can cause you to binge eat when you are eating on a “normal” day. Not to mention it is stressful to reduce your intake that much and may cause you to be irritable.
Despite the claim, this diet will actually slow down your metabolism and cause you to gain weight in the long run.
The Body Reset Diet
The Body Reset Diet claims exactly what the name suggests – a full body reset.
It claims to jump start your metabolism so that you can achieve sustained weight loss. The rules behind this diet is to drink mostly smoothies and gradually increase your consumption of solid foods over the course of 15 days.
The smoothies are mostly fruits and vegetables and low calorie so the initial result of this diet will of course be weight loss. However, limiting your diet to smoothies will cause you to crave and dream about real food.
Not to mention it is rather difficult to eat out. Frankly, 15 days of restriction will not lead to sustained weight loss no matter how you put it.
Whole 30 is an interesting one. This is essentially an elimination diet. You must eat very basic foods for 20 days to give your body a chance to heal and “reset” – I’m seeing a trend here.
It’s a lot like the Paleo diet in that you can only eat foods you can gather yourself like fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds.
That excludes anything refined like grains, dairy, legumes, sugars and alcohol. Foods must be eaten in their original form, you cannot make burger patties from beef for example.
When a diet suggests eliminating major food groups, that’s when you know it’s unachievable.
Cutting out two major food groups like grains and dairy, well that’s a major no-no. Though this diet sounds healthy in theory, it’s tough to stick to and makes socializing difficult.
It’s also rather bland. Yes, this diet is only 30 days long but doing so will only bring you frustration and not long term weight loss.
The Zone Diet
The Zone Diet is another diet that is awfully technical. It claims that by following its rules you can drop 1-2 pounds weekly.
How you ask? Well, the theory behind The Zone Diet is to eat according to your hormone peaks.
The point is to eat to keep your hormones “in the zone”- not too high or too low. That means eating every five hours.
Besides the timing, The Zone Diet requires that women consume 1200 calories per day and men just 1500. Each day consists of 3 meals and 2 snacks which have to be measured so that there is 40% calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and 30% from healthy fats.
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that scientific evidence “casts strong doubt” on its health claims and theory. In fact, there are “scientific contradictions,” because following The Zone Diet ratio does not promote weight loss more than any other diet does.
If you find that measuring can be tedious and eating out also frustrating, The Zone Diet will supply your weekly food.
However, the cost adds up – A week’s supply of food for The Zone Diet is about $70. And a package of 14 shakes is $35.
Save time and money and simply skip this diet.
If you have learned anything from 2015, it’s that trendy diets do not work
They may temporarily, but not for long.
They add stress and complications to your everyday life that you just don’t need. Studies actually show that dieting causes weight gain, food obsession and eating disorders amongst other unpleasant side effects.
So what are you to do if you want to lose weight and keep it off?
If you find yourself stuck on a dieting rollercoaster and you feel like you can’t get off, join me in my upcoming live training on the three biggest dieting mistakes that keep you glued to the diet roller coaster (and how you can finally get off).
It’s happening Tuesday January 19, 2016. Register for free HERE.
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