Every year new diets appear that promise to lose weight without effort, but they do not say the risks that they entail for your health or that when leaving them you will recover all the lost kg and some of tip. That’s why it’s important that you know how to recognize a miracle diet .
Only 2 out of 10 people who try to lose weight get it. This is one of the most striking conclusions of the report of the SEEDO ( Spanish Society for the Study of Obesity). 75% of the adult population has tried to lose weight at some point in their lives, 19% go to the doctor to lose weight, while 92% prefer to resort to “miracle diets” despite recognizing that they do not believe in its benefits for health, or its rapid results.
As a general rule any diet that prohibits the intake or suggest the unlimited consumption of any food, is a miracle diet, but not always the border is so clear. In this article we review 10 characteristics of these dangerous diets, so that they help you to recognize a miracle diet because in Nutrition, haste is a bad adviser.
10 keys to recognize a Miracle Diet
1.-Promise to lose more than 2Kg per week
Beware of very aggressive diets such as protein diets or those that reduce or suppress carbohydrates (Atkins, Montignac). They generate ketosis, because to obtain energy in the absence of glucose, the body metabolizes fat producing ketone bodies that are used as fuel. This state, popularly known as “acetone” for its characteristic breath smell, has dramatic metabolic consequences, but this type of diet promotes it to suppress the appetite sensation.
Among the side effects of this type of diet can be cited lack of appetite, nausea, halitosis, constipation, fiber deficiencies, vitamins and minerals, weakness of the immune system, lower intellectual performance, bone decalcification, increased blood cholesterol, increase in uric acid levels and, in some situations, kidney stones due to the exaggerated consumption of proteins and increased cardiovascular risk due to the excessive consumption of saturated fats (red meats, sausages, cheeses, eggs, butter, margarine, mayonnaise or whole milk products).
2.-Attractive business name
The Dietetic Industry moves millions. There is a great Marketing team behind every launch, be it a diet plan, a book, a supplement, etc. to sell the concept better.
If you want to recognize a miracle diet, analyze your name or your slogan. They usually have attractive names and suggest positive effects without effort. For example, the South Beach diet, the diet of Sleeping Beauty, suggesting that losing weight is a simple and pleasant task.
How have you known that diet, in a magazine? In Internet? on television ?. In many occasions a famous person appears, as a visible face of the good results you can get if you follow that diet. This is one of the key characteristics to recognize a miracle diet. In most cases it is a fraud, because that ambassador is lucky that his genetics has given him a great figure and the industry “buys his image” to sell more.
Chris Martin the leader of Coldplay has recognized that his creativity and voice have improved after following the diet 6: 1 . It consists of normal eating for 6 days and fast one day a week. Nicki Minaj and Kylie Jenner and Britney Spears have acknowledged that they have followed tea-cleansing diets (teadetoxing), which also meets criteria 4 and 5.
For example, the diet of pineapple or maple syrup or soup, which are very hypocaloric so they reduce the speed of your basal metabolism by promoting the rebound effect, by abandoning them. In fact, after such a hypocaloric diet your metabolism is mortgaged forever.
This type of diet is not compatible with social life, in addition, any prohibition generates compulsion, that is, anxiety for the prohibited, which can explode at any time.
Even worse, the beer diet conveys the idea that there is nothing wrong with its consumption, which is irresponsible.
The diets of 1,200 calories a day or less, pose a metabolic aberration as cause a rapid consumption of fat reserves and acidification of blood pH in the presence of ketone bodies and waste substances in the blood such as acetone.
Be careful with shake-based diets, often hyperproteic, because due to a side effect they are looking for (ketosis), they decrease appetite so that they are easy to follow, but they trigger these metabolic side effects that will cause Follow them, you get fatter eating the same.
Also, with low-fat diets, they destabilize the hormonal balance and affect mood. It is shown that it is necessary to consume some unsaturated fat to burn localized fat deposits and lose weight.
6.-Does not indicate quantities
The goal of a diet is to help improve eating habits in order to achieve a healthy weight goal and then maintain it. That is why it is very important to regulate when to eat and how much of each group of foods, to have a script to follow. Another way to recognize a miracle diet is to detect some type of slogan: “eat everything you want”, “free quantity”, etc.
7.-Does not teach to combine food
In addition to knowing which foods are the healthiest, it is very important to learn to combine them correctly, to regulate your hormones, appetite and fat accumulation.
There are diets, such as the diet of points or Wheigh Watchers, which can be dangerous, because as they regulate a maximum of Kcal per day, you can reach the goal by eating only butter or chocolates (as long as you follow the equivalence of the table).
8.-The same diet for everyone
Every balanced diet must adapt to the person’s sex, age, health status, food preferences, schedules and physical activity level. The “coffee for all” is not extendable to diets, this is another point that will help you recognize a miracle diet.
In most cases, since they are not designed by nutritionists, they do not adapt to each person, being contraindicated in some pathologies, or if they are taking any medication.
9.-Does not recommend exercise
If the diet you are considering start, does not recommend that you do physical exercise daily, probably not a diet designed by a health professional. The usual practice of exercise synergizes with the diet, regulates satiety and activates your motivation, to achieve any challenge you propose.
10.-Requires taking supplements
Kim Kardashian and Sam Faier have followed diet pills , which are based on pill cocktails that prevent fat from being absorbed from food or have thermogenic action, to trigger the burning of fat deposits or to be satiating.
10 reasons not to follow a miracle diet
The main risks of Miracle Diets derive from the excessive rapidity with which weight loss occurs. They drastically reduce the calories ingested and generate nutritional imbalances.
1.-With miracle diets you lose fluids
If you lose weight without a balanced diet, you reduce weight at the expense of fluids and proteins (muscle), instead of burning excess body fat.
By eating fewer calories the body draws on its reserves of liver and muscle glycogen, converting them into glucose and energy. Since glycogen is water-based, significant fluid loss occurs.
2.-Unbalanced diets reduce muscle mass
One of the biggest risks of miracle diets, is that weight loss is usually associated with muscle loss , which in turn decreases more the speed of the basal metabolism, making it increasingly necessary to reduce more calories or exercise more to get the same weight loss.
3.-Your body adapts
The metabolism, which is a survival machine, adapts to the lower supply of calories, reducing the consumption of basal metabolism. And this effect is definitive, you can only activate the basal metabolism with a muscle toning program .
4.-Metabolism becomes more efficient
From now on your metabolism optimizes your costs and processes to get more energy from any food or drink. Those calories will be stored in the form of fat.
Among the risks of miracle diets, the one that generates more frustration is the rebound effect. As your metabolism has become more efficient, by returning to your previous habits, you will gain weight more easily.
Another side effect that is very difficult to correct is the alteration of blood lipids such as cholesterol or triglycerides .
The rebound effect becomes more evident, in people who, after a strict diet, compulsively return to eating everything they had vetoed, or in people who already have a slow metabolism, as in the case of hypothyroidism or menopause.
6.-They do not educate the habits
The worst of these diets is that they do not teach to eat. If the person does not permanently change their eating habits, it is very difficult to maintain a healthy weight.