Lots of folks diet to lose weight, but not all diets are designed with that goal in mind.
For some people, the choice of food and drink is about a certain lifestyle, moral reasons or the belief that a certain diet will make them feel better.
The website TopTenz.com compiled a rundown of fad diets that should be avoided -- or at the very least strongly considered before trying.
1. The raw food diet. People who try this diet often believe that food consumed in its rawest form is the best for you.
However, this makes their diets very limited and specialized. Not to mention the amount of time in the kitchen preparing meals.
2. The cookie diet. This one sounds silly, but the premise is to eat specially formulated cookies to control hunger, and combine that with one mid-sized meal.
The problem is that people who have tried this diet often consume 1000-1200 calories a day -- not enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
3. The ramen diet. A staple among college students, ramen is popular because it's easy to make, and it doesn't cost much.
But ramen is high in sodium in saturated fat. Even the noodles contain a large amount of sodium. Spend the extra money and buy a box of pasta.
4. The TV dinner diet. They're quick, cheap and they make counting calories simple. One problem ...
They're not very healthy. The sodium content is usually very high.
5. The fruit, fruit and more fruit diet. TopTenz calls it "Fruitarianism."
For example, some who practice this diet refuse to eat vegetables and will only eat fruit that fell from a tree or plant. It's diffult to get all the proper nutrition with this diet.
6. The chocolate cake diet. This doesn't involve eating chocolate cake all day long. It does involve eating cake, say, with a well balanced breakfast.
The thinking is that the dose of morning sugar will keep you from wanting more later in the day. Do some research, however, before trying this one.
7. The baby food diet. The philosophy behind this diet is that replacing a couple of your meals with baby food will decrease your calorie intake. There's one problem ...
Baby food is for babies. It doesn't have the correct nutriets for a grown adult. It would be hard to do this diet for more than a few days.
8. The dairy diet. Dairy products certainly have some useful nutrients, and children in particular should drink lots of milk.
However, dairy products consumed in large amounts by adults can be problematic. For example, cheese in large amounts is not good for your cholesterol.
9. The liquid diet. Liquid diets are often prescribed for medical reasons, but it's usually for a short period of time.
People who try this kind of diet may lose weight while they're on it, but will find it hard not to put the weight back on. Plus, it's not good for you long term.
10. The Atkins diet. Some still defend this diet, though its popularity has waned in recent years.
This diet eliminates enough carbohydrates that it can actually be bad for you. A better approach is to use some of the Atkins ideas, but still eat some (good) carboydrates.
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