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Weight loss and fad diets

Updated on July 5, 2013

More and more people are getting concerned about weight loss these days. This is because companies are advertising the fad diets and weight loss machines everywhere. These fad diets make people wish quick weight loss. There are three reasons of their fame.

  1. Fat people are desperate to lose weight within no time.
  2. Promises made by the companies.
  3. These products are easy to implement.

In this article you will know the advantages and disadvantages of these fad diet as well as their categories.

High-Fat, Low-Carbohydrate Diets

These diets are containing low carbohydrates and high fat level. The proportion of carb and fat in these diets is 60% fat, 10% carb, and 30% protein. They actually deliver the concept of using maximum fat and protein and getting the small amount of carb from vegetables like spinach.

There are few advantages of these types of diets such as they help in losing weight fast during the initial days. Therefore most of the consumers stick to these types of programs because they want fast results. The high amount of fat and protein present in these diets satiates the consumer and he starts avoiding the unhealthy snacks. Research shows that healthy fat levels causes the reduction in cholesterol level of body and hence reduces the body weight.

There are few disadvantages of these diets as well. Instead of burning fat, these diets cause significant muscle loss. The high level of proteins in the diet can cause many health issues such as coma and colon cancer. The researchers have finally come to the conclusion that these types of programs should not be used long term.

Low and Very Low-Fat Diets

There are diets that contain very small amount of fat. These diets contain 13% fat, 70% carb, and 16% protein. These diets are also known as vegetarian diets because they never recommend meat.

This diet plan has advantage that you can lose weight in short time. The reason behind this is that they actually restrict most of you intake.

The Monosodium glutamates (MSG) present in these diets decreases the sugar level in the body that makes you feel hungry after an hour of eating. As a result fat starts to store and causes increase in the weight with the passage of time. The fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, and k do not tend to give benefits to the body because they are not absorbed. This can ultimately cause malnutrition as well.


When you start analyzing these types of programs considering advantages and disadvantages, you will find them different. Therefore different programs can be helpful and harmful for different people. One the other hand, there are natural ways of remaining healthy and fit and they are more preferable in every aspect.

So, there you have it. I have analysed the main fad diets. One thing that stands out in both is that they work only for short term basis and have differing advantages and disadvantages, however, I'm in no position to advice you on the right program. The choice is yours.


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