Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Fads of Diet Plans

42-16389055The first recorded history of weight loss comes from England almost one thousand years ago, then came atkin diet and thereafter blood group diet. And till today, different dietary fads have emerged that have fascinated people.  My Health Guardian brings all the facts about the diet plan in this article. Keep reading to know in detail.


The truth behind diet plans:




Before Dr. Atkins there was William Banting, an English undertaker who popularized a diet plan by limiting intake of refined and easily-digestible carbohydrates. A hundred years later the diet plan reincarnates itself as Atkins diet which allows dieters to have lots of meat, cream, cheese but restricts intake of fruits and vegetables. Initially, the dieters lose weight but that’s because of loss of fluid and later due to muscle tissues. Any diet plan that doesn’t give allowance for fruits and vegetables is a dietician’s nightmare, remarks Dr. Bhanot.

Somehow, people became fatter with low fat diet. As several diet foods sprouted all claiming to be fat free, it gave dieters the liberty to have these as much as they wish.

Low Fat Diet

This happened to be the other diet to arrive on the weight loss arena. Since fat is the most concentrated source of calories, it concentrated on weight loss by cutting down fat. Hence, several diet foods sprouted all claiming to be fat free, thus allowing dieters the liberty to have these as much as they wish.

However, what dieters didn’t know that any low fat food contains added sugar to enhance the taste. Most of the times, dieters gorge on fat-free foods and end up gaining weight, because a ‘fat free’ food has other additives to make it palatable for your taste buds. It’s a better idea to eat foods as they are meant to be because then you are careful about the portion size.

Blood Type Diet Plan

Blood Type Diet

The latest dietary fad sprang on the weight watchers with the release of Peter Adamo’s book ‘Eat Right 4 Your Type’. The book continues to be a bestseller. D’Adamo claims that the diet will not only bring about weight loss — but can assist with allergy and infection resistance, and will achieve overall good health. Since most of the population has blood type O, the prescribed diet for them is low-carbohydrate, high in protein and low in dairy products (sounds like an offshoot of Atkins diet). The author suggests specific foods to avoid like avocados, brazil nuts and oranges. Type O should engage in lots of exercise.

  • Blood Type A should avoid red meat, eat plenty of fish and vegetables, with a low dairy intake. Light exercise only.
  • Blood Type B should avoid chicken and bacon, eat plenty of meat and dairy, some fish, and plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • Blood Type AB combines the A and B diets.

The diet sounds unreasonable. Any diet that makes you forego an exhaustive list of foods is difficult to follow. Just imagine what foods an O type person will eat if he is a vegetarian?

Crash Diet

Then, there is crash diet, the mother of all diets. You go in a starvation mode and completely limit your calorie intake and begin surviving on herbal juices, fruits. Such diets do not take into account your lifestyle, calorie needs and disrespect the body. You may lose weight but that is because of loss of fluid and will end up gaining the weight doubly faster that you lost it; a complete no-no because it makes you vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies.  

Dr. Bhanot speaks

Now, as you know that weight loss is intricately linked to our health and wellbeing. Therefore, eating right, preferably six meals a day (small, home-cooked and nutritious), eating a wholesome breakfast and winding up meals before 7.30 pm with an active exercise plan is needed to become toned and slimmer. Moreover in order to lose weight you need to build lean muscle mass and it can’t happen until you make your muscles exercise. Thus any diet that claims to lose weight without making you move is playing with your emotions. Grow up and face the real world.

Eating healthy foods, eating at frequent intervals helps keep the metabolism up and exercise often to build on the muscle mass. Dr. Bhanot says, “The magic mantra of losing weight is – burn more calories than you consume. Choose healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and lean sources of protein. Have small and frequent meals which are rich in fibre. Also include physical activity in your daily routine.” You may find it hard to accept but weight gain and sleep loss correlate. In fact, all of us take help of caffeine jolts and sugary treats to stay awake when we don’t sleep well.

she furthers adds……


Eventually we must understand, weight management is a lifelong commitment so there are no short cuts in it.  So exercise is non negotiable, as dieting without strength training can leave you with a high body fat percentage. It’s possible to appear thin, but have a high percentage of body fat which is again unhealthy condition, tells Rujuta Diwekar in her best-selling book ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind Lose Your Weight’.

Until you exercise, even the best of eating habits would not show any result. One pound of weight translates to 3500 calories, hence when you’re trying to get in shape, you’ve to either cut down on calories or burn calories. Few people vouch by yoga sessions, whereas some find cardio workouts more helpful shed off those unwanted cals. Take your pick, but five days a week are must to see the results of your tweaked diet plan.

Embrace a healthier lifestyle and balanced diet to keep your weight under control.

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July 20, 2013

You made some good points there. I looked on
the internet for the issue and found a lot of people will go along with your

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