If you talk to anyone that’s tried to watch their weight, or lose, they’ve most likely heard of Atkins and South Beach. In fact, most have even tried one, two, or more! Personally, I’ve attempted South Beach and got great results, until I started living again!
The fact is, fad diets should be avoided at all costs. They all have one thing in common. They work, when you follow the plan. But how do tehy work? Certainly not by burning more fat! And that’s what you want, right? Less fat? The fact of the matter is these fad diets work by reducing your water levels. Humans are mostly water, so when you see a reduction in water you see a reduction in weight. But why are they harmful?
Let’s look at the common carbohydrate-restricting diet like Atkins. What happens when you reduce carbs? You reduce the primary source of energy for your body. To make up for this your body starts to produce harmful ketones and your blood actually turns acidic. Your kidneys work harder to flush these from your body, thus using more water! There ya go, you lose water weight. But, you don’t burn an ounce of fat.
In the calorie-restricting diet like South Beach, once again you’re taking away your body’s FUEL. calories are like your gasoline. Reduce them too much and you end up having to get fuel from an alternative source. Well, what better source of fuel for you body than YOUR BODY?! Your body goes into what’s known as Starvation Mode. It literally starts to store fat and start breaking down your hard earned muscle to use for fuel. Think of it as your body actually eating away at itself.
Finally, I talk about protein-restricting diets, but you have to watch the video for that 😉
Oh, all of my information comes from the International Sports Science Association, or ISSA. For more info on their programs and history check out their website at www.issaonline.com