Fad Diets : Obesity And Obesity

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People around the globe struggle with excess weight, but Americans exceed the rates of obesity in other first world countries by thirteen percent (Overweight). According to Overweight and Obesity Statistics, 68.8 percent of the population is overweight or obese in America. Although the number of overweight and obese people is higher than ever before, many are not willing to work to lose weight. Americans want to sit back, relax, and lose weight. Fad diets have become very popular for this reason. Fad diets allow people to simply sit back and take a pill to provide quick weight loss but this weight loss only lasts temporarily. (Fad Diets). On the other hand, few people choose healthy dieting methods, which take longer to see results and…show more content…
One of the current trending fads is that of going gluten free. This diet sounds as if it would be a great diet because there are still many foods in which one can eat even after cutting out gluten, but due to the high amounts of nutrients gluten contains, the gluten free diet actually deprives the body of nutrients. Not only can this diet be harmful to your body, it is much like other fad diets in its results. Cutting gluten out of a person’s intake will help them to lose a significant amount of weight quickly, but when the individuals are then ready to consume gluten once again, after losing their desired weight, they will quickly begin to gain their weight back (Amidor). Another fad diet being used today is the South Beach Diet. The South Beach Diet focuses on cutting out refined sugars. This diet detoxes ones body. The goal of the South Beach Diet is to assist the loss of eight to thirteen pounds in the first two weeks. This diet like the gluten free diet provides short term results. The South Beach Diet provides short term results due to the large amount of weight loss in a short period of time. Typically when people lose a large amount of weight in a short time they are not losing fat but rather they are losing water weight and muscle mass which are vital for your body’s health. As a result of the original weight loss not being the loss of fat, one will quickly regain the weight that was lost as the body replenishes itself (Hall,
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