The list of diets is seems endless, and new diets appear on a daily basis. This demonstrates just how keen people are on finding new and improved methods of losing weight, and keeping it off as well. Unfortunately, this also opens the doors for so-called “fad diets,” which, at best, don’t work and, at worst, are actually dangerous. So what are some of the diets that are out there today and what do we know about them?
The Cheater’s Diet
First, there is the Cheater’s Diet, which is appealing mainly because of its name. The reality, however, is that the diet does what the name suggests: it allows you to cheat. It requires you to eat healthily for five days, but you can eat whatever you want during the weekend.
The Cheaters diet plan can be very tempting if you want to embark on a weight loss diet and don’t want to have to cut out certain foods. This diet plan does also include constant exercise throughout however though it will grant a thirty- six hour period of cheating.
It is important to understand that the diet is by no means easy. The five days of healthy eating have to be rigorous, and you only get one and a half day a week where you can go without exercise. It is very popular because it is not as restrictive as other diets, which means many people are able to stick with it. However, the diet recommends a number of things that have no scientific backing. For instance, they tell dieters to eat cinnamon buns in order to better regulate their blood sugar levels. Additionally, they recommend a number of supplements that have not been properly tested yet.
The Personality Type Diet
The Personality Type Diet works on the premise that since different people have different personalities, they need different types of nutrition and exercise as well. The diet, developed by Dr. Kushner, is targeted at enabling people with busy lifestyles to change their eating and exercise habits to fit their personal needs. In order to identify a personality type, people first have to answer a 66 point questionnaire, after which they find out whether they are a nighttime nibbler, an unguided grazer, a fruitless feaster, a convenient customer, a hearty proportioner, a mindless muncher or a deprived snacker. If followed properly, the diet is designed as a full and permanent lifestyle change.
Although weight loss is the primary function of the diet, it is only a secondary concern and is expected to take place as a natural consequence of the incremental changes for better eating and health that take place during the diet.
There are many benefits to this type of diet, not in the least the fact that it addresses the way individual people act and think. It is a true lifestyle change that looks at both diet and exercise. However, there is a significant risk of having vitamin and mineral deficiencies with this diet, which means you will have to take the right supplements as well.
The 3-Hour Diet
The 3-Hour Diet is gaining in popularity. It is a diet that encourages eating six times per day, at three hour intervals. The diet’s developer, Jorge Cruise, claims that you could lose as much as 10 pounds in just a month. He claims that, although you may consume more calories overall, this is actually of benefit to your body.
Afraid that you’ll end up consuming more because you’re eating so often? That couldn’t be further from the truth. When you consistently feed your body, you keep blood sugar levels stable, which helps suppress your appetite.
There are pros and cons to this diet. People in the Mediterranean, for instance, always eat six times per day and they are known to be some of the healthiest people in the world. However, it must also be recognized that their diet consists of very different things from the food that we eat in our country. Additionally, there is a significant risk of overeating, particularly in the early stages of the diet. One very good thing about this diet is that it tells people to never skip their breakfast, as this is an essential part of kick starting your metabolism. Unfortunately, there have been very few scientific reviews on the specifics of this diet and it doesn’t have any focus on exercise.
Hydroxycut isn’t a diet as such, but rather a proclaimed “miracle pill.” It contains a number of different ingredients, including wild olive extract, lady’s mantle extract, wild mint extract and komijn extract. There have been two separate studies in the efficacy of this pill.
Two studies show that Hydroxycut works for weight loss. They’re both posted on Hydroxycut’s web site but haven’t been published in medical journals. Hydroxycut’s maker, Iovate Health Sciences International, funded both studies.
The ingredients are completely natural and they have been used in homeopathy and natural remedies for many different years, in many different cultures. However, when the product was first released, it contained ingredients that caused liver problems and rhabdomyolysis, which is a muscle damaging condition. At that point, the product was recalled and banned, and it has been changed since.
People are speaking very highly of the new Hydroxycut and have reported positive results. However, it is important to understand that it is a pill, which means it does not make people reconsider their lifestyle choices, opting to eat a healthy and nutritious diet and taking part in regular physical exercise. It makes people believe that they can simply eat what they want and do as little as they want, because they can take a pill to combat it. On the other hand, if a dieter is committed to making changes themselves and eats a health diet and engages in exercise, then Hydroxycut may just offer them the extra booster they need. At the same time, it is important to understand that the product should only be used for a short period of time.