Have you noticed that fad diets rise and fall in popularity like the latest fashions or current pop songs? We’ve seen (and seen off) the soup diet; the grapefruit diet; the no carbs diet; the only carbs diet and so on. I remember as a teenager eating only hard-boiled eggs for a week! I lost a tonne of weight, but I’m never going to do it again! Are you putting your health at risk by following a fad diet?
As a result of experimenting with the latest ‘food exclusion’ diets, many people are actually cutting out entire food groups, leading to nutritional deficiencies, which could be damaging their health! While it may seem that cutting out carbs is great for fast weight loss, there is a very real risk that it will trigger carbohydrate cravings. Have you ever experience carbohydrate deprivation? First, you become edgy then start to crave carbs, especially the wrong sort of starchy carbs that are stored as fat. Many people simply give in and become compulsive, but those who hold out can suffer severe side effects. Vitamin B group deficiency is one outcome, leading to fatigue and anxiety.
Did you know the body’s main fuel source for energy comes from carbohydrates? Did you know that carbs also are the brain food used to fuel its function? Is it any wonder you carve high-carb, high-sugar snacks when studying hard, problem-solving, or using a computer? Health professionals advise that eliminating carbs from your diet is counter-productive. A much better strategy is giving your body the right type of carbs it requires.
Others cut out meat when dieting, thinking this is the way to eliminate excess fat from their bodies. By doing so they could be missing out on important vitamins and minerals such as iron, vitamin B12, and zinc. Iron deficiency leads to serious conditions such as anemia.
Protein is an essential building block for the body and is needed for the growth of new cells and tissues. If you don’t eat meat it is vital to get adequate protein from other sources such as soy, fish, eggs, and chicken.