Fad Diets, Mad Diets, and Diets That Work
In 1820, the British poet Lord Byron invented the Vinegar Diet which consisted of dowsing all his food with vinegar. Byron reportedly lost sixty pounds, and the modern craze for fad diets was born.
How would I define diets that work? Those that can help people lose weight wisely and well with long-term results.
Dozens of fad diets like Cabbage Soup, Grapefruit, Zone and Acai Berry have come and gone in the years since. Some have been downright mad, like the Beer and Ice Cream Diet – which claimed that you could lose weight by consuming cold foods because your body had to work hard to warm up before you could digest them!
Other diets have endured for longer. The Stillman Diet – an early high-protein version of Atkins – has been around since 1967.
Most weight loss diets work by putting very strict limitations on what we can and can’t eat. A lot of them will back up their programs with medical claims, like the Glycemic Index diet which controls blood-sugar levels.
While all of these diets can and do work for some, most of them are way too strict. All it takes is one little slip – just that one piece of chocolate! – and we’re back to square one. This is so common that there’s even a Diets Don’t Work diet!
How would I define diets that work? Those that can help people lose weight wisely and well with long-term results. A lot of dieters need extra support to achieve those goals. And that’s where weight loss plans come in.
The Skinny on Weight Loss Plans
Weight Watchers – the granddaddy of all weight loss plans – has been around for nearly 50 years. Other commercial programs like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem are also enduringly popular. What is the secret of their success?
Weight Watchers appeals to many because of its flexibility. Others systems, like the liquid-only Medifast, are extremely regimented. Some programs even offer home-delivered meals.
Diet PlanBut the one thing all of these systems offer is support. Whether this is one-to-one coaching or group meetings, dieters agree that support is very motivating. When you’re feeling weak, there’s someone there to encourage you.
Another important factor common to all of the established weight loss plans is that they are nutritionally balanced. They are therefore good options for healthy ways to lose weight. In our desire to slim at any cost, sometimes we will foolishly put our health at risk. Not only should health always be a priority in weight loss, but it might also even be the reason you gained weight.
Health Considerations and Medical Methods to Lose Weight
Weight gain can be a symptom of a number of medical disorders. In particular, weight gain that is sudden and rapid can be a sign of serious illness. Certain drugs including antidepressants and tranquilizers can also cause weight gain.
Medical conditions that can cause weight gain include diabetes and under-active thyroid. Weight gain is also a common symptom as your metabolism slows when you reach middle and older ages.
Whatever our age, we are all at danger of the dreaded belly fat. People with excess abdominal fat are more prone to high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, high blood sugar, insulin resistance syndrome and heart disease.
To rid our bodies of belly fat, doctors recommend eating little and often and drinking a lot of water. In very extreme cases, the capacity of the stomach can be reduced with a gastric band operation so that only small meals can be eaten.
Most of us dieters however will continue to try and lose weight naturally. And many are increasingly seeking alternative methods.