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Three Diets to Avoid At All Costs

The Three Types of Diets You Should Avoid at All Costs

Michael Morrison

Losing weight is a serious issue for a lot of people. And since a lot of our self-image is related to how we look, a lot of people are driven to solutions that they would otherwise not consider. And since there are literally thousands of methods and diets out there claiming to be the magic-pill solution to weight loss, you must tread carefully while choosing the right diet for you. A lot of these diets that claim to provide radical results usually have adverse effects on your health too. Let us look at the three diets that should be avoided at all costs.

Starvation-based diets

Fasting is an obvious solution to losing weight. After all, if you don't eat, you can't gain weight. However, a lot of diets take this principle to the extreme. Especially for people who have never fasted before, adopting a starvation diet can cause serious damage. Fasting in extreme weather conditions such as summer or winter is generally not recommended since the body requires extra energy to keep you healthy in such conditions. On the other hand, intermediate fasting done correctly can be safe and healthy.

Crash or purge diets

Some diets recommend "detoxing" by only eating a juice and supplement based diet for a couple of days each week. Needless to say, this is a very bad idea. Your body requires a host of vitamins and other minerals to stay healthy. Adopting a purge diet could cause your body to run low of crucial minerals such as sodium or potassium, leading to severe dehydration or heart attacks.

Parasite-assisted diets

This is probably the most dangerous among all the fad diets out there. Introducing a parasite such as a tapeworm into your digestive system to eat up all the extra calories is a ridiculous idea. A number of people have flocked to using this method based solely on popular online discussions, which is even more baffling. While this diet may help you lose weight, you could end up doing some long-term, irreversible damage to your internal organs.

As we can see, the weight loss problem is such a desperate problem for a lot of people, that they are willing to adopt even the most ridiculous solutions if they think it will help them lose weight. Now while most of us would be repulsed at the idea of a tapeworm diet, there are some people who are actually using it.

While a lot of the other fad diets on the market aren't necessarily this dangerous, there is one thing that we must remember. Weight loss is not a problem that you can fix overnight. Achieving your weight loss goals is a constant and lifelong process that requires constant dedication and discipline. A healthy nutrition strategy that you can follow over an extended duration of time is infinitely better than a crash diet which promises extreme results over a weekend. While going about your weight goals the proper way may take longer, the benefits will be long-lasting and healthy.


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