It’s a constant struggle to look lean and thin and at the same time radiant and healthy. And we expect all of this to be achieved with an ASAP plan. This desperate search for an all-in-one diet is never ending. Diets involving gulping air rather than food and replacing meals with alcohol are examples of some of the worst attempts made to get instant results which do more harm to the body than good. 2013 i have come across some of really unreal diets followed by people and celebrities who have surely forgotten the basics of diet, health and exercise.
Breatharian diet – As the name suggests, only breathe. Don’t eat. Don’t drink. Just breathe. It is ok to come up with an idea of just living on air but why call it a diet? It is true that sometimes we voluntarily choose to live on air but it could be for religious reasons, not to lose weight and fit in a dress at the end of the week. I don’t need to tell you the health concerns following this diet. I am sure apart from few people, most us have the common sense of not following this “diet”. Be rest assured, weight loss is guaranteed, that if you manage to survive.
Gluten-free diet – As mentioned in one of my previous articles, it important for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, but there is no credible published research showing that a gluten-free diet should be followed for weight loss in other people. There is no doubt that controlling breads, pastries and cakes certainly will trim your waistline. But let that be a decision towards a lifestyle change, not a fad approach.
Alcorexia/Drunkorexia diet – A diet that follows the number game literally, with calories. Technically, if you are required to consume 2000 kcal a day, the calories should come from carbohydrates, protein and fats. According to this diet, bank the calories from food and use the remaining for alcohol. It sounds like fun for the first couple of days but along with weight loss you are going to lose nutrients, vitamins, energy and probably your liver.
Dukan Diet – A complicated high protein almost no carb diet similar to many others which have come in the market earlier. This one is a confusing, time consuming and a rigid diet. The initial phase of the diet involves complete elimination of fruits & vegetables which leads to unappealing side effects from lack of energy to constipation and bad breath. Unfortunately, it’s a radical approach you don’t want to take because sooner or later the weight will creep its way back.
Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition Diet: Famously known as the Feeding Tube Diet. This diet is a shocking example of how far we can go to achieve a speedy weight loss. The diet basically involves a feeding tube to be inserted through the nose which supplies mashed liquid foods of restricted calories. This allows the body to get in a ketogenic state resulting in rapid weight loss. Medically it is a legitimate procedure carried out for people with clinical issues. But it is scary and unpleasant to see people taking such dramatic steps for losing weight.
Cotton Ball Diet-Just when I thought “what next after a tube diet” I heard about the crazy Cotton Ball Diet. It involves dipping cotton balls in fluids and to chow down this fluffy meal to feel full and prevent further eating. This sponge eating fad can keep your stomach full but eventually you will either choke or have a textile mill running in your intestine.
In many aspects of health we are smart to go to a concerned person. Such as a general physician for fever or a dermatologist if we break into a rash. But why is it that some people believe almost anything when it comes to diet advice? Sadly, those who follow such diets are not ignorant, but just desperate for results. Everyone loves a diet that claims 10 kgs in 10 days but such fads will only make you lose more muscle and water than fat.
If you have tried or are trying any of the above, you need to stop now and start a healthier approach. Get yourself fixed. Make a lifestyle change. Bring in concepts of sports nutrition. There is a big difference between a diet and sports nutrition. Have you ever seen an athlete following a quick fix? They train hard and eat nutritious and put up a body image that is envious to everyone. Eat like a sportsperson and follow a sustainable approach which educates you about foods and nutrition.
Starting now, bring in a long term change by adapting to sports nutrition in your routine. I promise you, you will not regret it.
Stay Fit, Be Healthy!