Playing With The Scale Is Not Good For Your Health

The pressure is unbearable.  In today’s society, we feel the pressure to be beautiful and thin. The message to be thin is in our faces from the time we are young girls, but we’re not always taught about nutrition,healthy eating, and the role exercise plays in a healthy lifestyle.   Instead, we often receive the message that we must be thin, no matter what it takes to get there.  Well, that’s no way to treat your body.  Most fad diets are designed to get the weight off quickly, and they often work, but what are they doing to your body?

Many fad diets rely on medicine or drugs of some sort to get the weight to come off. A short while ago Gen X & Baby boomers were fixated on Fen-Phen (fenfluramine and phentermine)?   Millions of women in the 1990’s were prescribed the drug combination for weight loss and then it was discovered to cause heart valve problems.  But what about newer diets?  The hCG diet involves injections of the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), a pregnancy hormone.  The hormone has not been approved for weight loss, yet many doctors are prescribing it for just that, jumping on the weight-loss wagon like doctors did in the 90’s. But many experts advise women to stay away from this and many other get-thin-quick diets.

Other fad diets promote food restriction. While it’s well known that restricting caloric intake is a sure way to lose weight, there are many diets that promote restricting particular foods,whether it’s fats or carbohydrates or even specific foods.   For example, Atkins’, one of the most well-known diets for carbohydrate restriction, does help people lose weight, and it seems like a miracle, because these people can eat as many meats and fats as their hearts desire, as long as they restrict their carbohydrate intake. However, the lack of fiber in their diet can cause severe constipation and gastric issues and can increase a person’s risk of getting certain kinds of cancer.  It can also lead to kidney damage and heart problems.  And low-fat diets aren’t a miracle either.  In fact,low-fat diets can make it difficult for the body to properly absorb nutrients and can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.  The safest way to lose weight is by eating a diet that focuses on fresh vegetables as your main source of nutrition and by incorporating exercise into your daily routine.   Fad diets are not a safe or healthy way to take the pounds off & fit into your skinny jeans.