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Jayati Godhawat

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Here’re All The Reasons Why The ‘Popular’ Weight Loss Diets Ain’t Working For You

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  •  September 11, 2017


*2 and a half minutes into diet* “I can’t live like this!”

Is it just me or it happens to you too?

Let’s just face it that dieting is the most difficult task to do in the world! And, what makes it all the more frustrating is that more often than not, all these weight loss diets do not give the “promised” results.

Well, a Mumbai-based nutritionist and fitness expert, Samreedhi Goel, penned down an honest analysis of the most “popular” diets on the Internet right now in an article for Vogue. She explains various diets like the Keto and the all-time favorite General Motors diet and tells you why they do not work after a point of time.

Paleo diet

Also known as the Caveman diet, it asks you to eat like the prehistoric cavemen did. So you eat lean meats, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and some fat for cooking. You can also include eggs, nuts, and coconut oil. It basically cuts off grains and pulses entirely in order to reduce carbs. The diet also doesn’t allow salt.

Why it works and doesn’t: Cereals and pulses form the very base of Indian diets. When you rid your this large food group, your calorie intake naturally reduces, which leads to weight loss. But apart from carbohydrates, these contribute a lot of other essential micronutrients to our meals. Besides from making you nutrient deficient, eating only proteins, vegetables and fruits can give you digestive issues, hair loss, and lower immunity. Moreover, if you are a vegetarian, the food choices available to you become even more limited and even your protein intake takes a hit. 

Keto diet

The keto diet is one of the most talked about diets over the past year. It is basically a very low carb, high-fat diet. The thought behind this is that when your body is starved of carbs, it will have to break down the fat stores and produce ketone bodies, which will then be used as an energy source.

Why it works and doesn’t: Just like Paleo, the zero intake of carbs instantly drop the kilos, but isn’t sustainable in the long run. This is one of the most nutritionally imbalanced diets and ends up teaching you some very bad food habits as it emphasizes on high-fat foods. The weight you lose on the weighing scale may not all be fat weight. Eating no carbs will cause muscle loss as well, which is why you get such rapid results (muscle weigh more than fat). The keto diet can cause nervousness, irritability, hair fall, irregular heartbeat and compromised immunity. It also causes bad breath or keto breath, due to the ketone bodies. You may be able to stay off carbs for a while and lose the weight, but eventually, when you do get back to a normal lifestyle and include carbs again, you will end up gaining a lot of the lost weight back. Vegetarians may find this diet very difficult to manage because of the limited food choices.

General Motors diet

The General Motors diet has been around since 1985. It was originally developed by General Motors, along with the FDA and the United States Department of Agriculture, for its employees. It is a mono diet, based on the premise of eating only one food group per day, that is, vegetables or fruits only, which makes you cut out all the other food groups and causes weight loss.

Why it works and doesn’t: For the first few days the diet seems manageable and uncomplicated, however, repeatedly eating only one kind of food makes it monotonous and can really put you off certain foods that you end up eating in excess. Losing weight in this manner is short term and can lead to nutrient inadequacies. It will leave you lethargic, dizzy and irritable, as causes your sugar levels to fluctuate.

Smoothie and juice cleanses

These are usually a seven-day detox plan in which you consume nothing other than smoothies and drink only fruit juices for a week. The claim is that such a diet detoxifies your system of all the toxins that are built up and in this way, it helps you lose weight.
Why it works and doesn’t: Our bodies are naturally equipped with organs that detoxify us on a daily basis. We do not need to go off solid food and switch to liquids just to achieve detoxification. Such a diet, if done for a day or two, will make you feel lighter simply because liquids are digested very easily, but it is not a sustainable diet, especially if you are someone leading an active lifestyle. It will not provide you the energy to last you throughout the day. Doing this once in a while may help shake up the weight, but I wouldn’t advise that anyone stick to having just smoothies and juices for a long period of time.

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