By: May Rostom
No matter how old we are, what size we fit in or our gender, we all pursue a better image. People change diets like they change shoes.
Due to the increasing number of over weight people, a whole range of diets have been introduced. One of the most famous diets we all talk about on our lunch break is the Atkins –low carbohydrate-diet.
This diet is also known to be one of the many ‘fad diets’ there are out there which refers to a peculiar diet or eating pattern.
Of course most of these diets lack important nutrients our body needs like protein, fat soluble vitamins (vitamins a d, e, and k), minerals and eventually energy therefore preventing our bodies from growth or development.
These diets depend mainly on testimonials rather than scientific evidence.
So what makes a diet healthy? Our bodies need macronutrients to function properly; these nutrients are proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They cannot be excluded out of any diet, even detoxifying diets should include these 3 macronutrients and so this could help us identify fad diets.
A fad diet usually promises fast weight loss and delivers but what they won’t tell you is that most probably you will gain all of this weight back if not more.
There’s no such thing as a’ get thin quick’ permanent solution.
When following a fad diet you will lose weight in the form of muscle tissue since the body breaks down the proteins stored in the muscles to provide the energy you need and once you stop you will gain this weight back most likely in the form of fat so basically you’re replacing the muscles in your body with fat.
In a healthy diet, your source of energy will be provided from your food since it’s not an extremely low caloric diet and from the breaking down of fat and not muscles that’s why dieticians recommend diet AND exercise to break down fat and build up muscles.
So next time you decide to go on a diet, ask yourself these questions:
Does it promise fast weight loss?
Am I going to gain all this weight back?
Are there any macronutrients missing?
Is it an extremely low caloric diet?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should re-consider your decision and visit your dietician.