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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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