Shocking! The Real Truth About Women’s Diet PlansWeve probably all heard about the HCG Diet, the Grapefruit Juice Diet...
 2. The Baby Food Diet                                           Tracey Anderson, who is a well-known trainer, designed   ...
 4. The HCG DietHCG is a hormone that is derived from the humanplacenta. You may have already known that yourhormones can ...
 
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We've probably all heard about the HCG Diet, the Grapefruit Juice Diet, the Soup Diet, and all sorts of other diet plans. They all have their fans and their detractors, and they all claim to have proof that they work well without damaging your health. This article is a gallery of some of the least healthful fad diets ever concocted, and the reasons why their outlandish methods of losing weight will never work for most people.

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Shocking! The Real Truth About Women’s Diet Plans

  1. 1.    Shocking! The Real Truth About Women’s Diet PlansWeve probably all heard about the HCG Diet, the Grapefruit Juice Diet, the Soup Diet, and all sortsof other diet plans. The names of these diets are well-known and easily recognized. They all havetheir fans and their detractors, and they all claim to have proof that they work well withoutdamaging your health.Heres some straight talk about diets: The only diet that will work for you is one that you can easilymaintain and sustain without making any drastic changes to your lifestyle. None of these populardiets fit that description.To be perfectly honest, none of these quick-fix, fad diets provide the nutrition you really need. Thisarticle is a gallery of some of the least healthful fad diets ever concocted, and the reasons why theiroutlandish methods of losing weight will never work for most people.1. The Grapefruit Juice DietAccording to the Grapefruit Juice Diet, all you have to do tolose weight is eat whatever foods you like (as long as you eatmore fats and proteins than carbs), while also drinkinggrapefruit juice at a rate of 64 ounces per day. In theory, thegrapefruit juice and the protein will work together to boost yourmetabolism and burn more fat.However, more objective scientists have shot down this theoryby pointing out the complete lack of scientifically-validresearch to prove that this plan actually works.
  2. 2.  2. The Baby Food Diet Tracey Anderson, who is a well-known trainer, designed the Baby Food Diet. It advises dieters to go through as many as 14 jars of baby food throughout their day, and conclude the day with a "real" dinner, if desired. Baby food has a very small amount of calories, so, on some level, it makes sense that a diet like this would cause one to lose weight. On the other hand, critics have pointed out serious flaws in this approach to dieting. Namely, baby food lacks manyof the nutrients that adults need, and this diet may increase the chances that the dieter will end upbinging on junk foods.3. The Soup DietThere are a number of variations on the Soup Diet, mostof them featuring chicken or cabbage soup. In everyversion, the basic idea is the same: Eat a normalbreakfast, then eat nothing but soup for the rest of theday.Simple? Definitely. Healthy? Not necessarily.The basis of the Soup Diet is what is known as "caloricrestriction." It focuses on forcing your body to burn fat bylimiting the number of calories you take in, but doesnothing to ensure that youre getting the nutrients your body needs to function optimally. Any dietthat does not require you to eat foods that give you those nutrients is not to be trusted.You may lose some weight while on a caloric-restriction-based diet like the Soup Diet, but youll beharming your body by depriving it of nutrients. Not only that, but with diets like this one, there is avery good chance that youll regain all that weight as soon as you go off the diet.
  3. 3.  4. The HCG DietHCG is a hormone that is derived from the humanplacenta. You may have already known that yourhormones can affect both your weight gain, as well asweight loss, but the HCG diet takes the idea of hormonetherapy and applies it to dieting.The HCG diet requires you to dose yourself with HCG,either by injecting it, by ingesting it, or by applying acream to your skin.According to the creators of the HCG diet, HCG helpsyou burn the fat in particularly stubborn areas of your body by opening up your fat cells. Theproblem with this diet is that, as with the grapefruit juice diet, its effectiveness has not been provenscientifically. People have lost weight while on it, but that can be explained by the fact that theywere also only consuming 800 calories a day - their weight loss wasnt necessarily caused by theHCG.More alarmingly, a number of health problems have been linked to HCG intake. One of them isovarian hyperstimulation, which is a life-threatening problem.5. The Cookie DietThe simple concept behind the Cookie Diet appearsdelicious at first: Every day, you eat 6 cookies, followedby dinner at the end of the day. The cookies, however,arent much like anything your mom might have made.Most of them contain some type of meat protein (yes,really).Some people have had success with this diet, but,again, their success is most likely because theyconsumed such a limited number of calories per daywhile on this diet - about 800 to 1,000.The main problem with this diet plan is that you probably wont be able to stick to it for very long.The cookies arent exactly great-tasting, and youll probably experience cravings for "real" foodbefore long. Have a flabby stomach that does not go away no matter how much you diet or exercise? Get our experts advice at UrbaneWomen and start losing weight effectively in record time to fit into that dress you have been admiring for ages!
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