By Shelby Hancock |Asst. Sports Editor|
Healthy weight loss is accompanied by exercise and a healthy diet, but many believe there is another way to reach weight loss goals, fad diets.
“Most people who lose weight on a fad diet regain the weight and many people gain back even more,” according to Kaiser Permanente.
Fad diets are weight loss plans that yield dramatic results according to familydoctor.org.
“I don’t necessarily like my weight but if I stop eating for a period of time I’ll probably just revert back to old habits,” said student Nicole Dana.
These diets have very strict guidelines on what you can and cannot eat but some question the effects of depriving your body on your overall health.
“People can attain rapid weight loss and lower cholesterol by eliminating any entire food category from their diets, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for them,” according psmag.com.
One of the apparent doubts of the programs is that they are unhealthy, although there are doubts as to whether the diets actually work.
According to healthresearchfunding.org, there are no clinical studies that prove safety or fast results, yet many people still try to use various types of these diets.
Another downfall of fad diets is that weight loss happens too quickly.
The healthy amount of weight one should lose is a pound a week according to fitmole.org.
With fad diets users can loose 10 to 15 pounds per week.
Losing 10 to 15 pounds may be a dream come true, but it might come with unwanted side effects.
“It includes bad breath, constipation, nutrient deprivation, muscle loss, headaches and poor sleep,” according to healthresearchfunding.org.
Along with those side effects, the weight that you lose is usually water and muscle tissue, not fat, according to healthresearchfunding.org.
These dietary programs have downfalls, such as being unhealthy and possibly ineffective, but they also have positive results on the body.
One of the positive results is that the body stabilizes metabolism.
This happens when one limits the intake of foods; the body must maintain a steady metabolism to have the nutrients it needs to function properly, according to hungryforchange.tv.
Fad diets also decrease insulin levels. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and regulates glucose in the blood.
“[Insulin] causes the cells in the liver, muscle and fat tissues to take up glucose from blood and convert it to glycogen that can be stored in the liver and muscles,” according to news-medical.net.
Glycogen is how the body stores glucose for later use, it is usually stored in muscle and fat cells. Simply put, it is our back up energy source.
According to Personal Trainer Aaron Cullip, one of the major downfalls of fad diets is that they are too extreme for a lifestyle approach.
“I need food because I work out so much, and quite frankly I really love food,” said student Jake Campbell.
A person cannot live a normal everyday life because of side effects like being lethargic, lazy and fatigued.
“The only way to lose weight and keep it off is healthy eating and exercise,” said St. Bernadine Nurse Katlyn McCleary.
Education is the key for us to stop outsourcing our dietary needs to fad diets.
Fad diets look like an easy way out, but look out because they might leave you in a worse place than when you started.