WHAT IS A FAD DIET?
A faddy diet is one that promises fast weight loss and a "new body" its one that is not based on scientific evidence. The Fad diet usually involves cutting out a certain food group like carbohydrates or a combining eating certain foods or the diet may only allow you to eat certain foods at a particular time.
Most, if not all Faddy diets will give you a great boost and buzz initially as you see the pounds drop off the scales quickly and notice your clothes fitting more comfortably, but the pounds that you see dropping off are not lean muscle and water and not the body fat you think it is. These faddy diets are unsustainable and unrealistic because they are so restrictive and often leave people feeling hungry, and once a certain amount of weight has been lost people will soon stop seeing the pounds come off and have to make further cut backs, and eat even less and less. The result often leads people reverting back to their old ways feeling like a failure and putting all the weight back on and more.
When we mess about with food groups or and ignore the hunger pangs,( thinking this is the only way to lose weight) this often leads to yo yo dieting, trying lots of different diets followed on by dropping the diets and regaining the weight. This type of eating will mess with your metabolism making it very difficult to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, It also effects mood and energy levels. Leaving people feeling lethargic and irritable.
Social media play a large part in people trying to achieve an unrealistic body type. pictures of celebrities looking happy and in perfect shape and the celebrities themselves often promoting a certain type of eating that makes them feel great but who knows how they're really feeling, they themselves are under a huge amount of pressure to look a certain way. The pictures are often photoshopped and filtered promoting a false image. This perfect image that is presented leaves us feeling fed up about our shape and our life and so we too want to look like that and go to drastic lengths to achieve it.
WHAT TO AVOID/ HOW DO I KNOW ITS A FADDY DIET?
:eating plans that offer a quick fix and fast weight loss (losing more than 1-2 pounds a week) anything more than that is muscle and water.
:making a judgment on before and after photos without any scientific evidence to back up the claims and pictures.
:anything that focusses on ruling out certain foods or avoiding particular food groups.
:Remember that anything that sounds and seems too good to be true usually are.
:Anything that focuses on appearance and not your health
:Juicing instead of eating meals.
:cutting out carbs
: Fasting, and skipping meals. If you do this for a period of time your body will go into panic mode and hang on to the fat in particular abdominal fat, thinking there is a famine and it must hold on to the fat as it doesn't know where the next meal is coming from.
Don't ignore your hunger, you wont win long term, your body has its natural fat set point. Natural weight, if your body detects that you're under it, it will be constantly trying to get you to eat more to get your body fat higher and back to its natural fat set point.
:Faddy diets are very tempting, they offer you want you want to hear and believe a quick weight loss plan that everyone can achieve without too much hard work.
:these restrictive diets are not from qualifies nutritionists or scientifically based and can be harmful on your health.
:after an initial fast weight loss it will l become harder to lose any more weight as Your metabolism will adapt to your new weight and more cut backs on food will need to be made to lose any more weight.
when You go back to normal eating Your bodies fat set point will have moved to a higher level meaning your body will find it harder to lose weight and you will gain more and more weight each time you diet and come back to normal eating again. You will be increasingly hungry as your body try's constantly to get your body back to its set fat level.
and its almost inevitable that all the weight will go back on and possibly more.
:Your local G.P or a qualified Nutritionist will be able to offer you sound advice based on scientific facts and research and tests.
LOW GI EATING
:eat foods that are low in glycemic index (gi)
:gi rating of a food is the difference in how long the carbohydrate raises blood sugar levels quickly, moderately, or slowly.
:different carbs have different gi rating and depending on the GI rating is how quickly the food or drink is digested.
:gi index is between 0-100,
:slow absorbed carbs have a gi below 55.
:some examples of Low gi foods
sweet potatoes, wholegrain rice, quinoa, jasmine rice, wholemeal bread, beans, porridge, natural muesli, veg, pulses .
:there is a whole lot of information online regarding low G.I foods and its benefits. ( SEE LINKS BELOW)