A few days ago, I was watching a 20/20 episode we recorded a while ago. It discussed a number of diets out there that are controversial, yet a lot of people follow them.
First, the episode showed more about the feeding tube or K-E Diet. This in particular was extremely concerning. Basically, a doctor puts a tube in your stomach through your nose and a pump provides you with a blend of nutrients throughout the day, for a total of 800 calories a day.
This amount of calories is shockingly low as it is not even enough to support your body’s basal metabolism (the amount of energy your body needs to keep vital functions going without any extra activity). Therefore, you end up losing a lot of important tissue in your body which is not fat, plus it is not enough to support your organs to function properly.
Surprisingly, many brides do this diet since it gives quick results for their special day. However, it is not without danger for your health. It also makes your body retain more after the diet and I can imagine many people splurge and gain more weight back later.
The statistics show that 80% of people on diets regain their weight. Now why is that? One reason for it is that most diets are so extreme that people can’t stay on them. They get some results (often not as much as they are hoping for) and they get back in their old habits. Other diets revolve around pills, of which many are nonsense or dangerous. Some that do have active ingredients may have some effect. However there is no such thing as a magic pill. Instead, you need to change your habits, eat well, work out responsibly and adjust your lifestyle.
Also please be wary of ‘before and after’ pictures. These are known to be manipulated in several ways.
We all know obesity rates are extremely high and it is a huge problem. Even though we live longer than we did hundreds of years ago, we can do much better. Many companies and individuals take advantage of people feeling desperate and helpless and promise them amazing results. Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way and even more sad is that so many people believe these ads or claims.
Please do not let someone talk you into spending tremendous amounts of money for something that doesn’t really work or may be hazardous for your health. Instead, find an honest professional who will tell you the truth. And you may not really like it but at least you will do the right thing and get your body healthier. Instead of losing 30 lbs. in 30 days, it may take you 90 days but at least you can rely on this information and your body will become healthier without any exaggerated stress, chemicals or deprivation. Plus you will not have to spend an extraordinary amount of money.
With hard work, dedication and good support, you can change your lifestyle and become a healthier you. However, be cautious and critical when looking for ‘magical’ solutions.
By Sander Vanacker for FitGuana
Sander Vanacker is a personal trainer, CEO of Bring Back Nature, Inc. and founder of FitGuana. He believes in improving health and wellness by incorporating more nature into our lives, being active and spending more time outdoors.