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Fad Diets - The Top 5 Fad Diets and Do They Really Work?

written by: Summer Banks • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 2/13/2009

You can lose 20 pounds in the next 5 days, all you have to do is eat and drink...NOTHING! Fad diets, like this phrase, are often based on propaganda and false claims. Unfortunately, the followers of the diets rarely recognize the lies until its too late.

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    The Basics of a Fad Diet

    Fad diets promise quick results, with little or no effort. In recent years we have seen a variety of these diets in the media, on billboards and through word of mouth. The real question is, do they work?

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    The Slowing Metabolism

    Although many people do lose weight on these diets, most gain it back right away. In fact, many people gain back more weight than they originally lost. The reason for this is simple. The body needs certain nutrients to promote health and good metabolism. When you deny the body these nutrients, the metabolism will slow down, thus making it easier to gain back weight.

    Also, not maintaining the proper amount of calories will cause the body to go into "starvation mode" This causes the body to hold onto fat, instead of releasing it. Not providing the body with the right amount of vitamins, fiber, calories and nutrients can lead to short term, as well as long term side effects.

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    The Most Popular Fad Diets

    Most of these popular fad diets require you to live off of one type of food. Popular diets that have made headlines include, but are not limited to:

    * The Cabbage Soup Diet

    * The Apple Juice Diet

    * The Liquid Diet

    * The Hollywood Diet

    * The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

    These diets sound appealing. They promise to allow you to eat the foods you love and lose the weight you want. In reality, if people would focus on just living a healthy lifestyle, the weight would come off naturally.

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    Promoting Healthy Weight Loss

    There is one sure way to promote healthy weight loss, and keep it off. It is not the easy way, but it is the right way. The perfect weight loss plan is to exercise and eat a well balanced diet. The body should be provided with a healthy variety of foods, plenty of water and a good exercise routine. Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

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