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Avoid These 7 Fad Weight Loss Diets That Do Not Work

Avoid These 7 Fad Weight Loss Diets That Do Not Work

“What’s your weight?”

Said nobody at a Saturday night dinner party, ever. And for good reason.

It seems our desire to hide from the truth about our bodies has created a plethora of fad diets that do not work in an industry that generates over $20 billion revenue in the U.S. alone.

And if you’re one of the 108 million plus dieters on a mission to get that sexy, toned body of your dreams then it’s likely you’ve (unknowingly) turned to an ineffective fad diet which has promised outstanding results in 15 minutes or less, weight loss while you sleep or some other lofty promise of an easy path to a slender body.

As you may have already found, not only is there no guarantee of results, but many outrageous fad diets fail to address the psychology of weight loss – the most important factor that determines the long-term success of a diet plan, and something that’s difficult to address without guidance and support.

So for your health and your wallet’s sake, avoid the following fad diets and their sugar-coated claims.

1. The K-E (Ketosis) Diet

This is a classic diet that has the potential to work, but often doesn’t because of its highly technical nature.

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The KE or Ketosis diet starves your body of carbohydrates and glucose, forcing you into a state of ketosis – where you burn your fat to produce this energy instead.

Sounds simple, and there have been numerous diets and weight loss systems attempting to coax the willing into this fad diet. But it doesn’t work because to actually get results, you need to be connected to a feeding hose which goes through your nose and directly into your stomach.

No only is it uncomfortable, it’s physically limiting and downright grotesque. Better off drinking nothing but lemon juice.

But wait…

2. The Alkaline Diet

The alkaline diet is one of those diets that do not work that keeps coming around and around – depending what time of year it is so it seems.

The idea is to flood your body with alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, and yes, lemon juice. The theory is that eating these highly alkaline foods can magically modify the pH levels in your body, forcing it to then dislodge fat cells that are inherently acidic in nature and thus you lose weight.

But your body is smart, and very efficient in maintaining neutral pH levels, so this idea is inherently flawed. What does work in the alkaline diet, is weight loss as a result of the healthy food you’re eating. I think it’s common sense stuff, right?

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3. The Blood-Type Diet

What blood type are you?

Apparently, it now determines the type of foods you can and can’t eat as part of the blood-type diet.

This one is a result of science suggesting that your body reacts to certain foods that match or oppose your blood-type. For example, if you are type “O”, you’d benefit from red meat but react poorly (i.e. gain weight) by eating corn. Each blood type has different foods to eat and avoid.

This unusual diet plan makes the list of fad diets that do not work because of poor scientific research into its effectiveness, and the tendency of followers to lack the necessary tests and blood work that are important to ensure both effectiveness, and that your nutritional intake is sufficient.

4. The Werewolf Diet/ Lunar Diet

Are you a beast of the night? Perhaps the werewolf diet is for you.

This unusual fad diet requires that you fast on the day of a full or new moon and consume only water and juice. On the rest of the days in a month, you’ll follow a specific meal plan according to the waxing and waning phases of the moon.

Unless you’re a diehard fan of this style of weight loss diet or a member of a wolf pack, then you’re likely to gain back every single pound, that’s if you lose any weight at all.

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5. The Lemonade / Master Cleanse Diet

Remember the alkaline diet from earlier? This diet goes a step further and requires that you drink a mixture of lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water for days. Nothing else.

And while you’ll likely lose weight very quickly through starvation, doctors warn that you’ll actually lose muscle mass during your lemon cleanse instead of fat. Oops.

You’ll also lower your metabolism level for days or weeks afterward, which will likely have you gain back the lost weight once you start eating normally again. Definitely one of the fad diets that do not work that should be avoided.

6. The Cookie Diet

Dr. Siegal, the man behind the Cookie Diet, makes the bold claim that eating 1,000 to 1,500 calories a day in cookies with a single meal at dinner can lead to weight loss with NO failures.

As a nutritional writer and experimenter myself, I can see several flaws in the Cookie Diet which make it prime fad diet material – all stemming from a lack of variety in your diet. As simple as it may seem, the fundamental truth of a variety of food groups and nutritional sources in every meal is a proven weight gain prevention tool.

By limiting your intake to milk and cookies until bedtime, you’re setting your body up to crave the foods you’ve been missing throughout the day, and binge on midnight snacks to compensate.

7. The Baby Food Diet

I was shocked to learn about the baby food diet in my research of effective weight loss systems for my clients – an Internet phenomenon possibly started by celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson.

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This fad diet is less about weight loss and more about maintaining the weight loss you’ve already achieved, and it’s easy to see how it made ground with a celebrity name such as Anderson’s backing it up.

Who knows for sure where it came from, but it’s certainly a fad diet that’s almost as bad as prescribing a spoonful of sugar. If you think that replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with 100 calorie jars of baby food mush sounds appetizing, then go right ahead.

You Can Do Far Better Than These Fad Diets That Do Not Work

Beware of these fad weight loss diets that promise more than they deliver. Many deprive your body of the vital nutrients it needs and lower your energy levels, immunity, and stamina. Even worse, they could lower your metabolism rates, a factor that can leave your attempts at long-lasting weight loss doomed from the beginning.

Instead, stick to the fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle – a variety of farm-fresh, organic (preferably) foods and regular exercise of varying intensity – and watch the pounds melt away – without resorting to that disgusting meal replacement shake.

Over to you. What’s your experience with dieting? What horror stories do you have to share about fad diets?

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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