Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Crash Diet Fad

Diets can be tough to stand by. By now a significant portion of people have already given up on their New Year's Resolutions, resigning themselves to old habits and crushed aspirations. But you still have plenty of time to put in the hard work now to reveal that bikini body or six-pack abs in time for Spring Break or summer vacations!

With the warmer weather just around the corner, some people will resort to "Emergency Beach Body" plans or more appropriately dubbed crash diet fads. These sorts of diet regiments are never fun and the least healthy paths toward a slimmer figure.

In Australia, news.com.au actually took the initiative to poll the Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA) to find the worst diets in the country. Coming in at the number one spot was the Lemonade "Detox" Diet. Advocating no food at all for 10 full days, its no wonder the diet plan scored so poorly. Instead of a well balanced diet, this plan claims to be a "Master Cleanse" in which the participant drinks a concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper 6 to 12 times a day to "combat hunger", supplemented by an herbal laxative tea and saltwater drink. Sounds a lot more like a plan for an eating disorder than a healthy detoxifying cleanse. If the concoction itself sounds less than appealing to drink, that's because it is. While not horrible upon the first sip, I found that by the bottom of my first glass I never wanted to drink the mixture again. Yet it's supposed to be the sole source of consumption for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 40?! I think not.

Even the health professionals of WebMD made it clear that the Lemonade website's claims of a healthy detox was far from the truth. While you are essentially starving your body, you may lose weight but it will not be a lasting change. Not eating will also slow your metabolism - an obviously counter-productive effect to your weight loss aspirations. Because your body's lack of food intake is recognized as starvation, it automatically slows these processes and tries to store what calories it can.  This response is meant to conserve the resources it has to keep you functional for as long as possible without sustenance.

It is this same reason that breakfast is the most important meal of the day - you are literally breaking the mini fast your body has endured from dinner the previous night to breakfast time 7-10 hours later.

The much healthier alternative towards getting bikini-ready is to workout consistently and start a diet plan focusing on low-carb meals with lots of proteins and veggies. This way you can eat until you are fully satisfied without harming your body or hindering your weight loss progress. To help give your diet that extra kick, supplement it with something like the White Mulberry Leaf Extract. This awesome supplement combines the powers of white mulberry leaf extract, garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean extract, African mango extract and cinnamon for a powerful metabolism booster. With a full diet focused on the right foods, a little supplement boost and at least 3 days of exercise, you'll have your results in no time in a way that's HEALTHY and effective.

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