The majority of us have “losing weight” as one of our New Year’s resolutions. And so, we pick up a new gym membership, Lululemon gear (we need to look good at the gym, of course) and off we go to our spin class.
These are called fads for a reason, you will only stick to it for a matter of time – then on to the next thing. Plus, lack of results will only make you depressed and therefore break your New Year’s resolutions.
Here are 5 diets to stay away from if you want to see results in the long run:
This first wacky diet dictates what you should eat based on your blood type. The theory behind this is that the foods you eat will have a better impact to your diet based on your blood type. Some of the foods recommended are:
Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh, because type A blood have a sensitive immune system.
Type B blood: Avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds. Chicken is also problematic. Eating green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy is recommended.
Type AB blood: Foods to focus on include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. People with type AB blood tend to have low stomach acid. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats.
Does this diet work? Apparently there has been no studies shown that it has… or that maybe no one has actually tried this. Some of the concerns with this diet is that you section yourself off to a certain type of food, when you should be getting nutrients from the whole spectrum. Don’t limit yourself to this diet if you want to stay healthy.
Another phase of the no carb diet. The objective of this plan is to eliminate all the carbs in your diet so that your body looks elsewhere for fuel. Your fat is likely going to be targetted. Some of the rules of this diet includes:
- No more than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day, mostly from certain vegetables
- Protein and fat from poultry, fish, eggs, red meat, butter, and vegetable oils
- No pasta, bread, grains, fruit, starchy vegetables, or dairy other than butter, cheese, and cream
- No nuts, seeds, or legumes like beans
- No caffeine
- No alcohol
This takes place in the first phase. Once you are successful, then in the second phase you may start adding those restrictions back into the diet. Our issue is, what if you start binging? The problem with some of these diets, are the high chances that you’ll eventually relapse into eating the bad foods again once they are “allowed” back into your system. If you ever eat carbs again, you will gain back your weight at twice the speed, because your metabolism will be messed up.
Another fast-paced diet to “show results”. Created by Mike Moreno, MD – this diet promises to improve your metabolism, lose weight and also change your current eating patterns.
This program is set in a cookie cutter format where you need to purchase a package from the company to get started on your diet. Meals can also be delivered to your door as well if you don’t know how to cook. Also note that you need to sub out certain foods from your diet. Like instead of eating regular cheese, switch to cottage cheese. Or that you need to eliminate all your starchy veggies, junk food, sugary fruits and alcohol.
Possibly the weirdest thing about this diet, is that everything is revolved around the numbers. In the beginning, you must restrict yourself to a 1,200 calorie diet, and for many that is way under the allowed minimum. You also may not eat fruit after 2pm…. but what about 2:10pm? Finally, since exercise is a must, you only need to work out for 17 minutes a day for 6 days a week. I don’t know about you, but the numbers seem a little too random to us.
Even for us healthy folk out there who just fell off the wagon the last few months need to get back into the spirit. So a method of dieting comes from cleanses and detoxes. These detoxes are set to allow your body to flush out all the impurities in your bodies, leaving them fully cleansed after the cleansing period is over. So, long story short, if anyone has ever tried Asian Herbal detoxes, you’ll know that all you ever do is poop.
Some cleanses and detoxes act like a natural laxative allowing everything in your body down south and into your toilet. The problem with using this method as an aid to your diet is that constantly having diarrhea will dehydrate your body. It will temporary remove the water weight from your body and help you look slim. But the worst inconvenience of this cleanse, is that you’ll be spending hours on the toilet because once you start a detox, it won’t stop until its all gone!
The Dukan Diet was coined by a French nutritionist and Dietitician, Pierre Dukan. This diet’s ideology is that we should only eat what is natural to the earth and what was available in the primitive times, so we basically eat like cave(wo)man.
This diet also restricts the freedom to eat whatever we please (yes, put down the bacon) and allows us to eat from certain food groups in phases. But in this diet’s first stage, we are allowed to eat large amount of protein, water and very little carbohydrates. In the second stage, vegetables are added. You may eat as much as you want as long as there is no starch. The goal of these stages is to lose the greatest amount of weight in the littlest amount of time.
So be warned – this can lead to shocks to the body and the bounce back rate tends to be very high – especially if you crave certain foods. The final stages try to reduce these risks but hey, mind over matter. And apparently you’ll get bad breath from going onto this diet #ew.
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