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March 16, 2009 at 1:57 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Lose Weight, but at what Cost?

By Katie from SLN More Blogs by This Author

There are bad diets out there, and one of them is probably going to target you. Don't fall for this. Even if it helped A-list so-and-so lose 30 pounds in a week, it doesn't mean that the diet is a good one, or really even "works." We've collected a list of some of the more commonly discussed diet trends, and attempted to highlight the health drawbacks of each. While most of the diets can help you to lose weight, the other effects they have on your body are really not worth it:

Ear Stapling is a form of acupuncture involving placing a small, stainless steel staple in specific cartilage of the inner ear. The theory is that reflex points within the ear will send signals through the brain to various areas of the body, such as the lungs and stomach. Acupuncturists claim that this can help overcome everything from weight issues, to smoking, to stress. For weight loss treatment, the staple is put in the quarter-inch area that "communicates" with the stomach. The supposed result is that you will experience a reduction in cravings, appetite, and even be able to reject sugar! There are also claims that stress, headaches, and tension may subside. The risks are obvious. There are chances of infection and deformity, and there isn't much scientific backing for this method. Also, ear stapling has only been around for a little over 20 years. We recommend sticking to more conventional and time-tested weight loss methods.

Attention Deficit Disorder Medications have been around for years, and people have discovered their ability to promote weight loss. While we won't say that no one has benefited from the attention support of drugs, we're skeptical about the merit of approaching weight loss with the drug lifestyle mentality. A main concern around the ADD drug diet trend is that the pills are far too easy to get. People with Adderall prescriptions often turn around and sell the drugs. This means that several others are taking Adderall without the guidance of a health care professional. In many cases, people are upping their doses, and taking sleep aids to counteract the stimulant effects. Some even crush and snort the pills to speed effects. This opens doors for both psychological and physical addiction. Why take the risk when proper diet and exercise are safe and inexpensive?

The hCG Diet is a plan of very low calorie intake combined with daily pregnancy hormone injections (human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG). This should sound shady right off the bat. Very rarely is there a reason for anyone to eat less than 1,000 calories a day. And since when are injections a good thing unless absolutely necessary? The hCG info web site provides plenty to make the diet look like a bad idea. For the first three weeks, dieters swing between eating excessively and eating only 500 calories a day. Intermixed are the hCG injections. Although there is gradual buildup to "normal" eating, it seems that the diet focuses a lot on consuming fruit and vinegar and oil. Nothing is said about exercise. No doubt the weight will come off fast, but who could stick to this? Along with being unnatural and demanding, the hCG diet just seems like asking for trouble.

Master Cleanse is the trend of the stars. Basically, it is meant to be a sort of 10-day detoxification diet where dieters consume a concoction of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and little else. Wanting to take this approach is understandable, as so much of our food serves to literally weigh us down and disrupt digestion. However, the likelihood that people will approach the Master Cleanse in the healthiest way possible is small. And it doesn't provide much of the nutrition essential to maintain a healthy metabolism. For most people, this diet isn't going to last more than a day, and won't promote proper weight loss.

The best way to approach weight loss is to find your own balance between rounded nutrition and regular exercise. Fad diets generally rely on trends and marketing for their success, but offer little in the way of true success for their clients.

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