Diets have been around for centuries yet most diets turn out to be fads that come and go as just quickly as the pounds. From the Atkins Diet to the Master Cleanse, diets often promise dramatic and fast results with minimal effort. These diets may not work for a variety of reasons and they are even harder to maintain over time.
The Master Cleanse is a popular diet that restricts solid food for several days and the dieter instead consumes a concoction of purified water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The diet claims that dieters can lose up to 10 pounds and 10 days, making it very enticing for those who want to lose weight quickly. The creators of the Master Cleanse claim that the ingredients contain all the nutrients necessary to survive without solid food for days on end. If you have special dietary needs or cannot go without solid food for a long period of time, the Master Cleanse may not work for you.
Another popular diet that has had limited success is the Atkins Diet. The Atkins Diet was extremely popular in the 1990’s and the early 2000’s and many advocates are still around today. Thanks to massive marketing and thousands of people touting the benefits of Atkins, dieters were lured by the promises of rapid weight loss without the hunger pangs associated with food restriction. The Atkins Diet is said to work by eliminating carbohydrates – even non-grain carbohydrates such as those found in vegetables and fruits. This presents an issue for the dieter because it is very difficult to restrict entire food groups for a long period of time. The Atkins Diet emphasizes low-carb, protein-rich foods that may not be compatible with lifestyles such as vegetarianism and may pose problems for those with kidney issues. In addition, those who try this diet run the risk on becoming deficient in the key nutrients typically found in fresh produce.
When food restriction is a key element of a diet, it most likely will not work. Even if dieters are able to lose some weight in the short term, these diets are typically hard to maintain and cannot be sustained for life. Yo-yo dieting is not only frustrating but studies have shown that it can actually make it more difficult to lose weight in the future. The diets described here are just a small sample of the myriad of fad diets available and new diets are being created all the time. Though it may be a cliché, the only real way to achieve and maintain weight loss is through healthy eating habits and regular exercise.