Author: Christin Sander, Health Writer
Everywhere you look, there's another fad diet or diet trend that promises miraculous weight loss with little to no effort. The best approach to weight loss is always embracing a healthy lifestyle change that encourages healthy eating and exercise. While there is no one diet fad that can make weight loss fast and permanent, there are several trendy diets based on some truths. Take the best from them and use them as part of a personal, well-balanced lifestyle plan.
There are many diets that fall under the umbrella of low-carb dieting including the famous Atkins and South Beach diets. Although cutting all carbohydrates is not a healthy long-term weight loss solution, there is some truth to the hype.
Refined, simple carbohydrates lead to weight gain, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. White foods (rice, flour, sugar) are all problematic. When they are consumed in excess, they trigger the pancreas to secrete insulin leading to blood sugar spikes and crashes. Excess sugar is instantly converted to fat.
Instead, opt for healthy carbohydrates that come from fruits, some vegetables and whole grains. These types of carbohydrates are assimilated slowly by the body and provide stable, lasting energy. Combining complex carbohydrates with high protein foods ensures satiety and stable blood sugar levels and naturally leads to reduced calorie consumption.
Raw Food Diet
Raw food is indeed an excellent source of nutrition. Many fruits and vegetables lose nutrients when they are cooked. If you don't enjoy eating vegetables, juicing can be an amazing way to get a variety of nutrients you may not otherwise eat. Raw foods can be fun and a great way to boost nutrition. In general, foods on this diet are low in calories while being nutrient dense.
This diet is sound because it advocates eating whole, natural foods. This process not only promotes good health, it helps the body to detox. Detoxing can help boost fat loss by cleaning the liver and kidneys and helping the body's natural elimination systems function more effectively. When the liver is burdened by toxins from an unhealthy diet, the excess toxins are ensnared by fat cells, increasing weight gain. Raw, organic whole foods ensure your body functions properly.
The Grapefruit Diet
This diet has been around in various forms since the 1930s. It is a low calorie 12 day diet with very limited food choices. Grapefruit and unsweetened grapefruit juice are part of every meal. Obviously this diet is not going to work for long-term weight loss because it does nothing to address healthy eating or sustainable weight loss. Grapefruit, however, is very nutritious and low calorie. It also contains naringenin, a chemical that has cholesterol reducing effects and may boost the metabolism. Grapefruit has also been shown to aid digestion and improve liver function, which can naturally help the body process fat.
The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to follow a well-balanced diet plan that includes a variety of healthy, nutrient dense foods. Exercise daily and drink enough water to stay hydrated and help the body function optimally. If you need some assistance, try natural remedies like EcoSlim and Slimmer's Assist, herbal and homeopathic remedies that support and enhance metabolic function without the risky side effects of fad diets and pills.