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5 Ineffective Diets


Dietitians from the Weight Management Dietetic Practice group complied a list of the 5 worst diets….

Before beginning your diet, a visit to your doctor or nutritionist is more than beneficial, it’s a must if you wish to diet both healthily and efficiently.

A trained professional can help you plan out the perfect dieting regime for you needs, ensuring that you stay healthy whilst the pounds drop off.

Researching your dieting options before visiting your doctor will prepare you with the knowledge to effectively devise the right diet for you.

An informative guide published by dietitians from the Weight Management Dietetic Practice group of the American Dietetic Association, lists 5 diets they consider to be the worst.

5 Of The Worst Diets

unhealthy diet 5 Ineffective Diets

Raw Food Diet

People on a ‘raw food’ diet aim to get the majority of their calories from unprocessed and uncooked foods. Rawists believe that cooking foods above 116°-118° F destroys enzymes that provide many health benefits.

Although most dietitians will agree that eating lots of minimally proceeded fruits, vegetables, and grains is good for you, a diet solely based on these foods can boost the bioavailability of several key nutrients, primarily the phytonutrients, and can also inactivate some unhealthy compounds.

The types of foods included in the raw food diet, fruits and vegetables; nuts and seeds; and sprouted seeds, grains, and beans are all healthy foods, but to maintain a healthy raw food diet, you must create your own foods like pine-nut and yeast cheese, which makes it impractical for most working people.

HGC Diet

The hCG diet is a new very low-calorie (500-800 per day)diet plan supplemented with injections of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). While some may claim the diet to be revolutionary, dietitians will say that any diet below 1,000 calories is really unsafe for most of us.

Scientists still don’t know if hCG is safe to inject, so it’s best to steer clear of this one for now.

Master Cleanse

Master Cleanse refers to a diet that washes out the body by drinking a concoction of squeezed lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper several times a day for 10 days.

Then in an effort to clean out the GI tract and bowels, they down an herbal laxative tea at night and a quart of salt water first thing in the morning

Beside the fact that there are no studies to directly suggest this diet has health benefits, it lacks key nutrients like protein, calcium, iron, and zinc.

Karla Campbell, M.S., R.D., a dietitian in Long Beach, Calif said:

“Dieters who try it end up losing lean body mass, and then when they are ‘cleansed’ and go back to their old ways, they gain fat. They end up being a fatter version of their old selves.”

Cabbage Soup Diet

This ‘single-food’ diet is based on a week cycle during which time you can eat as much as you want of a soup which contains cabbage, carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.

Rumor would have it that this diet was invented by the American Heart Association (AHA) or the Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital in Spokane, Wash.. In fact, AHA and other have made it clear that these types of diet are unhealthy.

Providing plenty of liquids and nutrients, this diet may not be as bad others, but it’s certainly restricting.

Having to prepare all of your food at home may not be practical, if you work long busy hours, it can be difficult to eat enough soup to get your recommended daily intake of nutrients. And because we are generally not programed to starve ourselves to death, it can be quite easy to relapse and eat other foods while you’re on the go.

Ear Stapling

This new trend uses acupuncture theory which suggests that constant pressure, applied with a staple, on the “stomach” of your ear will reduce your urge to eat.

Unfortunately there is no evidence that stapling the ear helps with weight loss, but there is lots of evidence that stapling could lead to serious infections and deformities.

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