Healthy Weight Loss Revealed
Why Fad Diets Are A Bad Idea
Many people are taken in by fad diets with their promises of huge weight loss with little work but, the fact is that these diets do not work and can actually leave you end up being heavier than you were before.

For example, the low-carb diets that are very popular today may not be so healthy for everyone and, in fact, can be difficult to follow. While some of them, like the South Beach Diet, are very healthy and more severe ones which recommend cutting out most carbohydrates can have serious results.

In carbohydrates are necessary for the body to work properly, but if the body is deficient in carbohydrates it will use fat and protein. This can result in the rapid weight loss that is seen on these types of diets, however, if you are eating too much protein and none of carbohydrate the body's ability to regulate the amount of water it needs is impaired.

While the premise of the diet - removing "bad" carbohydrates from your eating regime - is certainly healthy, some people take it to extremes and eat meat only. What they really should be doing, is getting rid of all the packaged processed foods that have little nutritional value but keeping the fruits and vegetables (which are carbohydrates) in their diet along with lean meats.

One of my favorite fad diets is the "chocolate diet". Imagine being able to eat chocolate and lose weight? While chocolate, especially dark chocolate, actually contains a lot of healthy compounds in antioxidants it simply is ludicrous to think that a diet based on this food to be successful.

When you try to lose weight, you shouldn't think of going on a "diet", you should think of making lifestyle changes that will help you keep the weight off after the initial loss. This is why many of these fad diets don't work - you may see a loss of weight at first, but since no one can keep eating the foods these diets recommend the weight is eventually gained back. In fact, they may do more harm than good because your body may tend to gain back even more pounds than you actually shed.

When you're looking at diets, you can be assured that anything that seems too good to be true probably is in any diet that claims unrealistically rapid weight loss will probably be more harmful to you that it is helpful.

The best way to lose weight is to eat a healthy diet and moderate portions. Make sure that you get enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains and protein to keep your body running smoothly and keep you in good health. You want to be eating at least 1200 calories a day and probably much more depending on your size and how active you are.

If you are serious about healthy weight loss, you want to stick to the tried-and-true rules of healthy eating and exercise and leave the fad diets to those who are looking for a quick fix, which they probably will never find.