Are These Diet Companies Playing April Fools On You?
Many diets are ridiculous, ineffective, and even dangerous. RNCentral.com has compiled 25 such diets ranging from those that merely don’t work, to those that are somewhat effective but deceptively advertised, to those that can cause you physical harm. Are these diets below serious or April fools?
You can decide from the following:
1. The Tapeworm Diet: This one involves swallowing cysts that you’ve dissected out of beef carcass. You allow the tapeworm to live in you for up to 10 weeks. One of the most dangerous diets, it requires you to swallow a parasite and encourages unhealthy eating habits.
2. “The Weight Loss Cure They Don’t Want You to Know About”: The “cure” consists of ingesting the urine of pregnant women. Whether or not this is effective, there are simply better ways to lose weight.
3. The Wu-Yi Tea Diet: Wu-Yi tea is simply oolong tea, offering no more benefits than the tea you can pick up at your grocery store.
4. The Subway Diet: Eating at Subway for all of your meals is not inherently healthy; it depends on what you order. Plus, this diet is useless because you can just as easily make your own sandwich and take a walk.
5. The Cabbage Soup Diet: Eating a low-calorie cabbage soup for one week has been purported to help you lose up to 10 pounds. However, there’s the problem of high sodium content, extremely low protein, feelings of weakness and increased flatulence.
6. The Low-Fat Diet: Low-fat products aren’t any healthier than regular products, as they typically trade fat for more sugar, sodium or calories. Meanwhile, serving sizes are often skewed to make unhealthy food seem healthier.
7. Slim Fast: You may lose weight drinking Slim Fast shakes, but the products are not satisfying enough to subsist on long-term. This diet offers nothing more than ineffective substitutions.
8. Russian Air Force Diet: This diet allows you to put all kinds of herbs, sauces and spices on your meals, but the “meals” are incredibly tiny, leaving you hovering near starvation.
For 17 more silly diets, go to www.RNCentral.com.
If you have been a student of natural health and pay attention to the latest research, you will instantly recognize the foolishness of the diet options listed above.
Nearly anyone can host a parasite in your gut that will share your food with you to help you lose weight — although I am sure that there are a few of you out there that could actually gain weight doing this as well. But is this something that you want to do for the rest of your life? Of course not (nor would it sustain you from a nutritional perspective).
But the idea of losing weight quickly is an enticing one that coerces otherwise logical people into subsisting on diet shakes, apple cider vinegar, ‘Jared’s’ sub-sandwiches and a host of even crazier diet foods and “tools” like tapeworms and urine from pregnant women.
Let’s be honest, most people need and want to lose weight, so these approaches do have great appeal. In 2007 alone, a report by the International Food Information Council found, up to 70 percent of Americans altered their diets in some shape or form to help them lose weight.
Yet, whether or not these changes made them healthier is another story.
As the survey found, the top priority of Americans is not whether or not the food is healthy. What is? For 88 percent of Americans, taste, and for another 72 percent, price. Only after that does the health factor come in. Yes, the health aspect of the diet choice placed a distant third for most people.
Yet, as I said, the majority of people in this country want to lose weight (it’s always among the top New Year’s Resolutions). But not one of the diets mentioned above, nor the popular Atkins diet or South Beach diet, will help you to shed pounds in a healthy way — and then keep them off.
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