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A Bulletproof Fad Diet – America’s Obsession With Thinness

Fad Diets

In America there is an obvious obsession with thinness.  The media plays a large role in people’s opinion of what a perfect body looks like. Portrayals of models, celebrities, and athletes with “perfect” bodies are everywhere you turn, i.e. magazines, T.V. and the internet thus causing many teens, women and men to become obsessed with being thin and dieting and more importantly developing body weight and image issues.

Fad diet companies make big money by developing products that screw–up your metabolism (yo-yo dieting) so that you have to keep buying their products.  Whether it is eating pureed baby food or adding a couple tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter and a coconut-palm oil blend to your coffee, fad diets are no substitute for healthy lifestyle changes.

Five ways to spot a fad diet:

The diet is based on drastically cutting back calories. Starvation-type diets that require the body to restrict calories often promise quick results that are impossible to maintain consequently you gain the weight back plus more!

The diet is based on taking special pills, powders, or herbs. These are usually just gimmicks — and the only thing you are losing is your money.

The diet tells you to eat or drink only specific foods or liquids in certain combinations. There is no reliable scientific proof that combining certain foods or liquids works and I would be very cautious of claims until you know that there is actual scientific evidence backing any such claim.

The diet makes you completely cut out fat, sugar, or carbs. Depriving our bodies of needed food groups is a bad idea, period!

The diet requires you to skip meals or replace meals with special drinks or food bars. As with diets that ban certain food groups, skipping or substituting meals can mean you don’t get the nutrition needed to function normally.

Everybody is different there is no perfect body! Eat real food, be physical activity and don’t play the dieting game anymore.

Fad Diets



Food for Thought: Has Your Diet Damaged Your Brain

As a health educator and coach I hear it all the time “no matter how hard I try I just can’t lose weight” or “I lost weight but gained it back plus more.”  According to a recent report on Aug. 21, Forbes, Dr. Louis Aronne, an obesity expert and director of the Comprehensive Weight-Control Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, says that years of eating a diet that is high in fat and simple carbohydrates can damage the hypothalamus, an area of the brain that organizes and controls hunger, appetite, and food intake and regulates metabolism, thus making it extremely difficult for some people to lose weight.

“The evidence is quite convincing: eating fattening foods causes inflammatory cells to go into the hypothalamus,” explains Aronne. “This overloads the neurons and causes neurological damage.”

To put it simply, when the hypothalamus is “damaged,” you crave food more, but now the food is unfulfilling, so you end up never feeling satisfied with the foods you eat. As a result, you gradually start eating more and more to try to compensate for whatever you believe is lacking!

The good news is that you can reverse the hypothalamic damage caused by years of poor food choices by following a diet of healthy fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and whole grains. “If less fatty food comes in, it reduces the rate of damage,” says Aronne.

If your hypothalamus has been damaged it is going take some time to heal so be patient and do your best to maintain a healthy diet and try not to lose weight too quickly.



Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia – Hypothalamic Dysfunction