Juice diets lead to same failure as other diets: Column

Wellness: Diets through the ages

4 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Columnists’ Opinions Juice diets lead to same failure as other diets: Column Claudia Grazioso 11:23 a.m. EDT August 1, 2013 Most diets fail, but the industry raked in $61.6 billion in 2012. The ingredients for the “cleansing diet” are water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup. (Photo: Jym Wilson, USA TODAY) Story Highlights Most diets fail, according to various studies. Diet industry revenue nationally was $61.6 billion in 2012. There’s a darker side to dieting. SHARE 53 CONNECT 15 TWEET 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE Los Angeles is the only place I’ve ever been invited to someone’s house for a meal and been served a glass of juice, period. That morning, I sat on my host’s patio, sipping a small, bright glassful of antioxidant-rich juice, listening to the gentle crash of waves, and thinking that surely the plate of bagels must be coming. It never did.

Diets that don’t work

These fad diets are nothing new. In the early 1900s, people ingested a tapeworm hoping that parasites would hatch and eat their meals. Oh my! As a certified nutritionist, I now have years of lessons behind me about maintaining a healthy weight, lessons learned from textbooks and research as well as from working with clients. The basics are simple and timeless: calories in and calories out. To lose or maintain weight, first determine your optimum caloric intake and eat a balance of healthy foods. The U.S. government has created dietary guidelines that include information on wise weight loss (available online at http://www.DietaryGuidelines.gov ). These guidelines include the balance of macronutrients the carbohydrates, protein and fat that are essential to health. Despite the claims that diets high or low in carbohydrates or proteins are magic diet potions, there is no perfect proportion for weight control. Instead, the critical issue is reducing calories, with a balanced proportion of macronutrients, and reducing them in a manner that can be maintained.

From a gastrointestinal standpoint, it is catastrophic on the variability from day to day.” HCG Diet . The Basics: This diet is an intense, 40-day, 500-calorie diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, and two meals of 3.5 ounces of protein alongside injections of HCG, a hormone found in pregnant women. The theory is that it will create some symptoms of pregnancy, such as nausea from morning sickness, to help control your desire to eat. While injections aren’t the only way HCG is distributed (there are tablets, etc.), it is believed that the injection method is the only one that is of any benefit. Why It Won’t Work: “This is a completely unsafe method of losing weight.

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