Last Minute Weight Loss: The Truth About Fad Diets

At one time or another all of us have been in a position where we’ve been subjected to Last Minute Weight Loss. A wedding that we were invited to a month before the event, a spur of the moment vacation that was such a good deal we had to take; now we want to fit into our Speedo or bikini and not scare of the natives.

Maybe one day we just looked at ourselves in the mirror and decided that we’ve had enough and we want to lose the weight now.

I know how you feel; there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose the weight yesterday. We have feelings of regret and failure to contend with and a Last Minute Weight Loss plan seems to be the solution.

What are some Last Minute Weight Loss programs?

Low or no carbohydrate diet

Carbohydrates are important for body and mind to function correctly and these types of fad diets should be avoided.

Diuretic drinks

Diuretics make you go to the bathroom more. This will cause you to lose water. You will lose weight but you will also lose precious electrolytes as well.

Citrus diets

These diets will have you eating lots of grapefruit and other citrus fruits primarily. The goal is to make you feel full on fiber and water thus helping you to lose weight. However you will have stomach aches from the high amount of acid you will be consuming and your lips will look like you just got a bad collagen injection.

Binging and purging

Never a good idea! Besides your stomach acids will erode the enamel on your teeth, the valve between your esophagus and stomach will begin to function incorrectly causing you acid reflux.

All of these methods will give you Last Minute Weight Loss, but none of them can be sustained for any extended length of time. Diets that require this type of eating never provide a balanced, nutritional eating plan. Any balanced diet includes a variety of foods, and no one food group should be relied on entirely or completely eliminated.

How to recognize a fad diet.

Fad diets are typically very low calorie, which is unhealthy and can even be dangerous. They usually require sudden, drastic changes, such as completely eliminating an entire food group or cutting your caloric intake by too many calories. For women that would be fewer than 1200 calories and less than 1400 for men. Making such rapid changes does not prepare you for returning to normal eating or teach you how to make important lifestyle changes such as portion control or making better food choices, skills which are crucial for long-term weight management.

The best way to lose weight and keep it of is with a sound diet and exercise program. A good diet is one that you can build your life around. Most people can lose a substantial amount of weight on a diet of around 1,500 calories a day, which allows for at least three 300-400 calorie meals and two 100-200 calorie snacks.

The goal is to burn more calories then you are consuming. Under normal conditions a healthy body requires about 1000 calories per day just to function. So if you are man and you go on a healthy 1500 calorie a day diet and make it to the gym and burn and extra 500 calories you will lose weight.