The danger of restricted diets or detox

November 02, 2017

It is nothing new that millions of people fail to control their weight attempt after attempt, and this is due to the lack of knowledge in conjunction with the intense desire to lose weight fast is an easy terrain for unscrupulous sellers. It is a fact that restricted diets or detox appear constantly promising to lose weight in record time while "free your body of harmful toxins", but the reality is that you put your health (and sometimes even your life) at risk.


What happens is that they do not teach us to eat in a balanced way, our body needs all the nutrients to be able to function correctly. What we should do is learn to eat, know what foods, what quantities and how often we should consume them.


According to the European Medical Institute of Obesity (IMEO), the five most popular and unhealthy diets of the last year are:


  1. Ketogenic Diet: Eat almost no carbohydrates, some proteins and mostly fats. For example, Atkins, Dukan, Pronokal.

Adverse effects: the exaggerated reduction of carbohydrates and the consumption of a lot of protein, can lead to kidney problems and intestinal imbalances, and can lead to depression in the person. It is a diet that costs a lot to follow in time, and when the person gets tired, he has not learned good eating habits and when he returns to his previous diet, he gains again the lost weight, even a little more.


  1. Fat Diet: Eat less carbohydrates and more foods rich in protein and fat. Usually combined with "miracle pills" in order to lose weight, absorb fat, suppress appetite or speed up metabolism.

Adverse effects: diarrhea, dehydration, loss of vitamins and minerals, kidney problems, high blood pressure, fatigue, nervousness, headache, tremors, even risk of life.


  1. Tea depurative diet: Drink water or infusions to purify the body. For example: teatoxing,

Adverse effects: loss of muscle mass and total water or fluids, feeling dizzy and weak, produces the same effects as a diarrhea picture because you do not eat and lose weight, but when you eat again, you gain the lost weight and probably a little more for the hunger you've been through.


  1. Juicing: Based strictly on a variety of fruit and vegetable juices, along with water.

Adverse effects: loss of weight due to the loss of muscle mass, you may not even have the energy to exercise.


  1. Grapefruit diet: For two and a half months, eat only grapefruit.

Adverse effects: loss of total water or liquids, nutritional deficiencies, extreme tiredness, lack of vitality and rebound effect.


The key is to understand that weight control is NOT a "detox" of a certain number of weeks or from a point A to a point B with a "final line". Weight control and long-term maintenance are the result of your lifestyle every day, every day counts.


Visit a health professional to plan what you need. A balanced diet includes all food groups in controlled quantities, so we can give our tastes without remorse, that will give us freedom, tranquility and a more "light" life.


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