Are Rapid Weight Loss Diets Of Any Use?

Posted on February 17, 2009 @ 2:10 am
by Dwain Shramek

The amazing miracle weight loss system that can make you lose 10 pounds in 10 days no matter what you eat! Eat as much as you want, eat more than you want, eat double what you want, and still lose weight with no exercise! Drop one pant size in a day, but beware because this might work so well you’ll pop out of reality! If these advertising claims are true then rapid weight loss is a miracle reality of the modern world, requiring no effort on the dieter’s part.

Hogwash! Americans still spend upwards of $40 billion on diet products that mostly don’t work. That doesn’t stop people from coming up with all sorts of crazy diets and weight loss schemes. Remember Beyonce’s starvation ‘master cleanse’ diet? It consisted of taking in nothing but lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. Seriously! It also claimed to cleans the system from years of built up toxins. Who knew, maple syrup dissolves toxins.

See, mimes had the secret to weight loss all the time. Then we have the pills, creams, drinks and formulas that miraculously remove weight. Remember Fen-Fen? The people who contracted heart conditions sure do.

Studies show that Very Low Calorie Diets, or VLCDs, work. People got wind of this and now try them at home. That’s a problem because of their nature. When people are so much overweight it becomes a health problem, VLCDs were made to come to the rescue. These diets often include eating half or less of their daily caloric intake. They’re intended to be implemented in medically supervised closed settings, where people can’t cheat. When used outside of a closed setting, often a clinic called a ‘fat farm’, these diets can be dangerous to the dieters health and will generally not work because of binge eating after a period of partial starvation.

Rapid weight loss causes a number of health problems. Painful gallstones develop in up to 25% of people who lose large amounts of weight over a few months. Uneducated dieters can often become dehydrated because they don’t realize a large portion of the water people need to drink comes from foods. It’s easy to compensate for this by drinking more water. Malnutrition can develop from not eating enough protein over a long period of time. The body can even become unable to process protein, which leads to serious illness and even death.

Professionals should be involved during any process of rapid weight loss.

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