FAD Diets or Designer Diets

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What are FAD Diets or Designer Diets? Why does it not help you in the long run? Why Are Designer Diets A Problem? How do you get Nutritional Deficiency because of a Designer Diet?

Nutrition Expert Preeti Jain talks about Fad diets and why it has gain popularity. Designer diets are popular because they offer the promise of quick and easy weight loss.
The reality is that often rapid weight loss is mostly from water and glycogen (stored glucose energy in muscle and liver), not fat. This weight loss quickly returns once you start to eat normally again.

fad diets or designer diets

fad diets or designer diets

The rising incidence of obesity in today’s environment is associated with many obesity-related health complications (Pi-Sunyer FX., 2002), including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This constellation is also recognized as the metabolic syndrome and is characterized by underlying insulin resistance. A cornerstone of the management strategy in such patients is the use of diet to decrease body weight, and improve glycemic control, dyslipidemia, and cardiovascular risks, as well as to treat fatty liver. There is a bewildering array of diets that have been recommended for the prevention and treatment of all of the components of the metabolic syndrome.

The terms “Fad” and “healthy”, like positive and negative electrical charge, are probably defined by their being opposites. Food fad is a term originally used to describe simple, catchy diets that often focused on a single food element.

In 1974, the term was defined as 3 categories of food fads. (McBean,L et al., 1974)

A particular food or food group is exaggerated and purported to cure specific diseases.
Foods are eliminated from an individual’s diet because they are viewed as harmful.
An emphasis is placed on eating certain foods to express a particular lifestyle.

Food fad is also used by media and the scientific community to refer to diets that do not follow common nutritional guidelines.

Why Are Designer Diets A Problem?

Designer diets are popular because they offer the promise of quick and easy weight loss.
The reality is that often rapid weight loss is mostly from water and glycogen (stored glucose energy in muscle and liver), not fat. This weight loss quickly returns once you start to eat normally again.
By cutting out key foods, designer diets have been known to cause the following problems:

Dehydration
Weakness and fatigue
Nausea and headaches
Constipation

Inadequate vitamin and mineral intake

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Popular Designer Diets

The Atkins Diet, officially called the Atkins Nutritional Approach, is a low-carbohydrate diet promoted by Robert Atkins . Read more from Nutritionist Preeti Jain about why you should be careful about Atkin's Diet

The South Beach Diet is based on the GI and entails an induction phase in which very little carbohydrate is consumed. Read more from Nutritionist Preeti Jain about why you should be careful about South Beach Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day meal plan, aimed at achieving fast weight loss. It is not a long-term weight loss solution, but is known to be effective over the short term.Read more from Nutritionist Preeti Jain about why you should be careful about Cabbage Soup Diet.

 

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