Monday, July 27, 2009

"The Skinny on Fad Diets"

On my flight from Las Vegas, NV to Albany, NY I found this article in a magazine on the plane.

"The American Institue for Cancer Research recently evaluated several popular fad diets and found what too many dieters know first hand: Quick fixes have fast but non-lasting results, and may lead to a host of other problems. Most fad diets are essentially low-calorie diets, but many eliminate major nutrient groups, such as fiber and carbohydrates, as well as food groups that supply necessary vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. These diets also lack a proper balance of protein, carbs, and fats, deviating sometimes widely from the recommendations of major health organizations such as the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association.

"Ketosis," touted as an achievement by some diets, is in fact one of the body's emergency responses. In ketosis, the body metabolizes muslce tissue instead of fat, leading to problems such as nausea, dehydration, headaches, irritability, bad breath, and kidney problems. Plus diets too rich in protein may cause calcium to leach from your bones. Now what? It's back to exercise, eating smarter, and portion control.(Most Americans underestimate how much they consume by as much as 25 percent; visit the USDA's web site for guidance.)"

Many diet and programs are good out there. Just be careful. I personally like herbalife. Partly because the program supplies your body with Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Minerals, Fats and Oils. I put up recently a pic of what is in a shake on my website,

Food for today:
1 Chicken Soup mix
4 pies of upsidedown pizza(love pizza in NY)
1/2 of a sub- man did I want the whole thing
2 beers-I know but I am on vacation
1/2 cup of the wild berry drink mix

Ran 9.3 miles with my brothers


Tammy said...

Hi Emmett....thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm glad you loved the's one of my faves. And great post on "diets" today. Good information for us all! Have a fantastic day! :)

antgirl said...

Yup, there's no substitute for 'sensible' and small changes that can be sustained for the rest of our lives.

Becca55 said...

I think if you find something extra to help you out along the way that works with eating right and excersising then why not. I know a few people who use the herbalife and have lost and kept the weight off. Sometimes i wish I had a little something to help out especially in the "lower back area" but I cant afford it. Thanks for the article it really is true about Fad diet pills and such!

Cammy said...

I'm a big fan of the balanced approach, too. It's what worked for me!