Fad Diets: 7 Diets You Shouldn't Try

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Fad Diets: 7 Diets You Shouldn't Try
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Fri, 07-25-2014 - 12:52pm

Every day it seems a new diet is ready to make weight loss faster and easier than ever before. Or at least they say they are.

"Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them 'magic' power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss," said Alexandra Caspero, RD, a nutritionist based in Sacramento, Calif.

The following diets might spur short-term weight loss, but many are difficult to follow, have arbitrary rules, and a few could put your health in danger.

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Have you ever tried a fad diet? What was the result? I'll admit, I've been temped by a few, especially that cookie one!

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Sun, 07-27-2014 - 11:55am
Once when I was already pretty thin I tried the 10 Pounds in 10 Days Diet. It worked and I lost the 10 lbs, but it was not a long term eating plan, and would not really help someone who had a lot of weight to lose. Also, at one time I lost weight eating mostly just eggs. I love eggs, so although I wasn't getting enough calories I felt satisfied because I was eating one of my favorite foods. These were just short term things to get off a little bit of weight. For years I kept the weight off by eating breakfast and lunch and no dinner. I figured I was active in the morning and afternoon but sedentary in the evening and I didn't need any calories for that time period. Once I went back to eating 3 meals a day I gained lots of weight. You figure, adding those dinner calories to my maintenance diet was a lot of calories. I don't know what the answer is for me but it's definately not what I'm doing now! LOL
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Registered: 09-23-2010
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 2:36pm

Aw Carol, I hear ya! LOL Food is ALWAYS on my mind — what I can/can't eat, what I can/can't eat tomorrow, and so on. I'm just one of those people that has fat stick to them. For example, we went out to eat on Saturday with my sister, who is stick thin. She ate 3!!! fried macaroni and cheese balls and two tacos. I gained 1 lb from eating half a hamburger and a few tater tots. WTH? She gains NOTHING. This is the same girl who could eat an entire box of chocolate chip cookies and not gain. It's not fair. I gain eating freaking grapes! And although she's exercised in the past, she is less active than I am now. 



 

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Registered: 07-31-2014
Thu, 08-07-2014 - 1:17pm

I've been on lots of different diets over the years, most of them left me hungry and unwell .... and putting it all and more back on when I 'came off' the diet. Following a healthy eating plan, eating proper sized portions and being more acitve enabled me to loose the weight and untill my car accident I had kept it off for nearly four years