The Truth About Fad Diets Like Atkins and South Beach

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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 đŸ˜‰

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

How to Eat Healthy on the Go!

 

So many of us struggle with eating out and keeping it healthy. Most times we let ourselves get so hungry that we skip our snacks, then settle for a burger, fries, and a large coke! You don’t have to live this way. With a little planning and foresight you can keep your eating under control and keep the pounds coming off.

One of the most successful things I’ve done is to plan my day out. If I know I’m going to be out for a few hours, I bring a snack. This ALWAYS includes a bottle of water and some gum. If I “plan” to be out during a meal I’ll make sure to have a P90X bar or some Shakeology with me. These are great meal replacements that are quick, easy, healthy, and filling.

IF I have to settle for fast food, first I look at the salad options. McDonalds is actually really good for this. Chicken Caesar with about half the packet of dressing is around 300 calories. If that isn’t an option then I look for a chicken sandwhich (plain) and see if I can swing a wheat bun. Skip the fries and go for some fresh fruit or chili if it’s available.

There you have it! Just a few quick and easy ways to eat healthy on the go!