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Diet Fads That Do More Harm Than Good

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Ever since I was old enough to understand what a fad diet was, there was a diet doing the rounds. That diet was the Atkins diet. It was in every woman’s magazine, on every daytime TV channel and it seemed every celebrity was taking part in it in order to shed some weight.

The diet culminated where every fad diet culminates – with scientists proving that the diet wasn’t actually helping people become healthier and was, in actual fact, putting them at risk of a much worse outcome including heart risks and ketosis (imbalance of ketone levels in the blood.)

Since then we have seen more diet trends rise in popularity, some seem to come around time and time again through the generations. Some show up and are quickly disproven, never to be heard of again. Here we share a number of fad diets that you should avoid, as they can end up causing your body more harm than good.

  1. Eliminating whole food groups

Many claim it is carbohydrates that make us overweight. Others claim it is the fats in our diet that are the main contributor to obesity. So, in order to help slim down, some people try and eliminate an entire food group from their diet entirely. The grapefruit diet and cabbage soup diet were two notable fads that lead to people being unable to gain all the nutrients necessary for a healthy body. The cabbage diet even caused the embarrassing side effect of extreme flatulence.

  1. Detox

The most common diet people use as a last minute ‘get thin quick’ approach is that of detoxing. Popular across detox lodges and camps as well as being brought into modern society through health and beauty bloggers, detoxing is thought to cleanse the body of impurities, usually through some form of veggie or fruit juice regime. Although detoxing has been proven to be advantageous for a day or two in the case of bloating or lethargy, long term affects can be dramatic, with extreme nutritional deficiencies being reported.

  1. Protein loading/Bulking

This is a popular one amongst gym enthusiasts who live by the formula of ‘more protein = more muscle.’ It is true that protein is important in building muscle but doubling your protein intake won’t lead to double the increase in muscle building. In fact, your body can only process a limited amount of protein each day (0.8g per kg of body weight). This makes eating large amounts of protein an excessive and costly waste. The biggest problem with protein loading is that high protein diets often neglect the importance of fibre, causing people numerous stomach problems and discomforts.

Here at Royal Nawaab we believe that the best diet is a balanced one containing fresh produce and the finest herbs and spices. Visit our restaurant in Manchester today to try some of our delicacies.