Our Reality-TV and viral-internet-meme filled days have spawned a culture of extreme. Is it any wonder that nutrition and diet trends have gone crazy in the last few years?
If you are planning to lose weight, improve your health, and eat better foods this year, please do yourself a favor – do not fall prey to any extreme scheme. Much like cults, these diet programs suck you in with a religious fervor and promises that cannot be fulfilled. Just a few of the crazy diets that made a big hit in 2013 (and earlier):
1. Juicing cleanses and diets – basically starving yourself to cleanse your digestive track. Hello, you’ve got a liver for that.
2. Fruitarian diet – perhaps inspired by the Steve Jobs book and movie, this diet is composed of 80% fruit. News flash – there is too much of a good thing! Too much sugar, and not enough muscle building protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients.
3. Ketogenic diet – this is an extreme version of a low carb diet that is high in fat and protein to the point that not enough energy is available for proper cellular function. The body starts to break down fats to provide the energy the body needs. But the breakdown also creates “ketone bodies” that can cause ketosis – a condition that messes with your body. Ketosis causes headaches, mental slowdown, dizziness and interestingly a fruity acidic breath. A prolonged state of ketosis may cause serious health issues.
4. HCG Diet – This starvation diet requires eating just 500 calories a day and injecting yourself with a hormone found in pregnant women’s urine. Read that again and stop at 500 calories a day. That’s too low for your safety! The second part (HCG stands for Human chorionic gonadotropin, produced in the placenta during pregnancy.) is just a fancy way to rip you off.
5. SAD – also know as the Standard American Diet, is an extremely unhealthy way to eat that most of us have taken for granted because it is the norm these days. We caught you by surprise with this one didn’t we? Read on…
There’s a story about 2 frogs that were put in frying pans. One was put in a pan that had been preheated. The instant the frog was placed in the pan, it jumped out because the surface was too hot. The second frog was put in a cold frying pan, and the pan was heated very slowly. The frog didn’t notice the heat build up until it was much hotter than the first frying pan. It never got the chance to jump off.
Folks, we are the second frog. Our frying pan is the American food economy. If you look at the state of obesity, diabetes, and other food related disease in this country, you realize something must be very wrong. It’s been getting worse from year to year. Jump out of this craziness now!
In tomorrow’s post we’ll share 5 simple hacks to avoid the pitfalls of the Standard American Diet. In the meantime, have a great New Year party tonight!