Setting health goals is one thing, but meeting them is a different ball game. With an avalanche of information all over the internet on how you can quickly achieve such goals, there is the danger of falling for diet fads that could do your health more harm than good. Below are a few diet fads that could be harmful.
In this type of diet, users severely restrict their calorie intake and survive on HCG, a hormone produced during pregnancy. Research not only shows that this type of diet doesn’t work, but that it could also lead to health problems such as depression, fatigue, gallstones, and irregular heartbeat. A paper published at Mayo Clinic’s website by a renowned researcher warns against the use of an HCG diet for weight loss.
If you are gluten intolerant, this is not for you. When you do away with gluten, you deny your body vital nutrients such as vitamin B, magnesium, and iron, among others. Unless you are gluten intolerant, research shows there is a whole list of benefits you stand to gain from gluten. A study published in the BMJ, a medical journal, shows a gluten-free diet predisposes an individual to cardiovascular diseases as the body misses out on the benefits of whole grains.
This happens to be the most common go-to solution for weight-watchers. While it sounds like a great idea to drink all your calories, research shows it’s not the best way to lose weight. The results may be instant, but you gain the weight back as soon as you start eating normal foods again. Juices are very low in protein, which means you lose muscle instead of fat. Research published in the American Journal of Medicine reveals juicing comes with the risk of courting a kidney failure in the future.
Before taking on any fad diet, do a little research and weigh up its pros and cons.