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Considering A Fad Diet?



Let's face it; a new fad diet hits the market every week, or at least it appears that way. Unfortunately, while most of them do have a certain amount of credibility, they're more to do with good marketing than they are with good science.

In fact, there's currently a diet being promoted which requires that you eat only fruit for three days of the weeks and then grains, vegetables or meat on the remaining four days of the week.

Of course, as we all know, eating fruit is certainly beneficial to your health as most fruits contain much needed vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates. However, when you eat only fruit for three consecutive days, you're essentially creating an imbalance and while your body will do it's best to store away what it needs, one should bear in mind that there are limits.

Likewise, diets such as the Atkins, which are known as "low carb, high protein" diets, require that you drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates you consume while at the same time increasing the amount of protein rich foods significantly. Once again, while protein is vital, so are carbohydrates and while such diets certainly do produce rapid results, the results come at a cost and for the most part, are short lived.

What these diets fail to mention, is the fact that carbohydrates are essential for providing the body with energy. Of course, if you fail to provide your body with carbohydrates in order to acquire energy, it will simply resort to alternative resources. Additionally, carbohydrates help the body to store and regulate water, something which protein cannot do.

Interestingly enough, there are even some exotic sounding 'chocolate diets'. Of course, practically everyone adores chocolate and, contrary to some earlier reports, it is healthy - in moderation. While chocolate contains anti-oxidants and other compounds that are beneficial but of course, as with anything, too much of a good thing is bad. Additionally, since many will choose to eat chocolates which are high in fat and sugar content, it's very likely that you'll be gaining some unwanted effects as well.

Then there are the low carb diet plan programes, but once again, while we should all be careful with regards to the amount of carbs we eat, we also need to bear in mind that a certain amount of carbohydrate in our diet is actually beneficial.

As a general rule of thumb, if a diet promises rapid weight loss or any other claim that sounds too good to be true, you can be almost certain that it will do more harm than good. Remember, years and years of scientific research have proven beyond all doubt, that moderation and balance is the key to a healthy body.

Ideally, one should eat well balanced meals which consist of fruit and vegetable, grains, protein and dairy products. Providing you eat each of these in moderation, you'll be ensuring your body gets everything it needs such as protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fiber. Generally speaking, the average person requires approximately 2000 to 2500 calories per day unless you're trying to loose weight.

You can be rest assured, if you're eating a healthy balanced diet and you're combining it with regular moderate exercise, you won't end up with excess body fat but instead, your muscles will be well toned and your body will be in a condition it deserves. Not only will you look good, but you'll feel good as well.