In the old West tricksters sold a snake oil to the unsuspecting cowboys. That snake oil was supposed to cure all illnesses. Now in the Internet country it is a miracle diet that promises to bring instant slimness to your body and cure all health problems. They offer those diets as Perfect Body Solution.
Hundreds of diets compete for your attention with enthusiastic claims from its supposed users. Those diets claim to aid those who suffer from colds, flu, allergies, backaches, muscle aches, headaches, and even impaired memory. There is usually no attempt to back those claims with reliable scientific evidence.
How can you know which diets are helpful, and which are variations of the old “snake oil” formula? There are three major approaches used by all diets:
1. Reduce the damage already done. The diets called ‘Fat burner’ or ‘Fat loss accelerator’ attempt to break the fat stored in your body and “escort” it out through the normal body waste.
2. Prevent any further damage. The diets called ‘Appetite reducers’ attempt to decrease your appetite by artificial means in order to prevent any additional weight gains. They also hope that your starved body will use its stored fats to maintain the daily energy requirements and will get thinner in the process.
3. Substitute ‘non-fat producing foods’ for the high calories offenders. Those diets attempt to educate consumers in the basics of good nutrition. They are effective mainly in the long run, instead of promising instant results.
The worst diets are from the First group – the Fat Burners. They claim to ‘Fight the Fat’ within your body by influencing the processes of metabolism. They try to increase the metabolic rate of your body in order to burn more calories. Their manufacturers claim that “it will quite literally melt the pounds off you”.
They try to convince you that by ingesting a few drops of their potion, you can eat high fat foods, such as chocolate, butter, pizza, hamburgers, and fried chicken, without worrying about putting on weight. Some of them even claim that their diets “prevent the human body from absorbing fat”.
The truth must be faced – the only thing that will “melt the pounds off you” is vigorous exercise. The only other effective method for weight loss is exercising restrictions on caloric intake. All other promises are snake oils. The diets, which promise to cause fat loss while sleeping, attempt to exploit our inherent laziness. No one can loose weight by sleeping.
In the best case those diets will do nothing to your body. In the worst case they will mess up your normal metabolism, and might even damage your health in the long run. Some of them increase your blood pressure and stress the circulatory system. You don’t want to let those people, who never saw you, to feed you some untested and unapproved medications. Stay away from those types of diets.
The diets from the Second group – ‘Appetite reducers’ can be effective only in combination with improved nutrition. You need them only if there was something wrong with your appetite in the first place.
We all need balanced nutrition in order to sustain life. If you suddenly curb your appetite, your body will use stored fat for a while, but in the long run you need more than that. You need vitamins, microelements, proteins. If you suddenly stop to eat, you might be damaging your health while improving your figure.
The diets from the Third group, which attempt to change the way you select the foods that you eat, can provide the best solution. They can eliminate the foods with “high-calories” content, while still giving your body everything it needs.
Healthy weight loss is an ongoing project. Learn more about sound nutrition. Don’t fall for the promises of “Miracle Diets”. They usually don’t deliver. There are no shortcuts to better health.
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