Right now, the top three fad diets are the paleo diet , the three-day diet and the acai berry diet . Though these may seem like an easy way to lose the winter weight without having to fight for an elliptical at UREC, they can be extremely harmful to your body for many reasons.
The paleo diet is a nutrition plan based on what we think cavemen ate — wild plants and animals. Dieters only eat fish, grass-fed meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts and cut out grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt or sugar and processed oils. But, legumes and whole grains are an everyday necessity because they contain many essential vitamins and minerals and are a source of protein. They have also been shown to reduce the risk of diseases and lower BMI.
Now for the three-day diet. It emphasizes quick weight loss cleansing, lower cholesterol and more energy. The diet is a strict plan that must be followed precisely. It promises up to 10 pounds of weight loss in three days, but most of the weight is likely to be fluid, not fat. So a few drinks into spring break , and you’ll likely lose any results you saw. The worst part about this diet is that drastically low caloric consumption is dangerous. If you aren’t eating enough throughout the day, it’s likely that dehydration, headaches and fainting will occur. It can actually slow your metabolism and counteract weight loss. When a diet is higher in healthy calories, it’s aiding your metabolism with energy for proper digestion.