Monday, December 18

What is Obesity And Fad Diets

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Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese. the majority of them being African American or Mexican American. Obesity and being overweight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, and certain forms of cancer. With more and more prepackaged food and less and less activity, the number of obese people in America has steadily increased since the 1960’s. Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat.The prevalence of overweight and obesity is commonly assessed by using body mass index (BMI), A person is considered overweight if his or her BMI is between 25 and 29.9; a person is considered obese if his or her BMI is over 30. “Morbid obesity” means that a person is either 50%-100% over normal weight, more than 100 pounds over normal weight, has a BMI of 40 or higher, or is sufficiently overweight to severely interfere with health or normal function. With that said lets talk a little about fad diets,

Fad diets and the negative effects 

 A fad diet means a controlled eating plan that lacks in sufficient calories. It is the method for quick loss in weight. There are different types of fad diets such as low carbohydrates diet, 3-day diet, negative calorie diet, low fat diet, and zone diet. However, before you use these fad diets, you should know about its effects on health. The Atkins Diet Promotes a high protein diet and initially eliminates carbohydrates entirely from the diet. This diet is hard on the liver as it is forced to produce glucose (the main energy source for body that is normally supplied by carbs in the diet). Results in protein tissue loss because your body is using proteins from tissue to create glucose. It also causes loss of essential minerals such as potassium in the urine. Weight is regained when a normal diet is resumed as protein tissue is rebuilt and glucose stores are built up.The problem with fad diets is that they don’t allow you to consume the proper amout of fruit and veggies needed Therefore, you have to develop the deficiencies of essential nutrients such as minerals and vitamins.

your emotional state of mind also becomes tremendously altered, often causing you to seek out a cure for your depression. However, depression from a fad diet might sound a little far fetched to many people but it happens most people suffer from depression to begin with and when the fad or “crash” diet fails well it can put you in a pretty dark place.                             



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