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The word diet can be defined as many things: a way to lose weight, a lifestyle overhaul or simply a state of being for many people in the U.S. Diet programs come and go with some making a splash in the headlines and others barely creating a buzz.

The Atkins, Paleo, and the Mediterranean diets are just some examples of recognizable diet fads. The Huffington Post listed the “14 Fad Diets You Should Avoid” and some of these have had quite a bit of attention such as the Grapefruit Diet or Raw Foods Diet. But, others sound a bit crazy such as the Cotton Ball Diet or Tapeworm Diet. Although they follow different guidelines and nutrition plans, one thing they all have in common is their passing fame.

 

Recently it was quoted, “If women were happy with their bodies, ½ the industries would go out of business”.

Whether you’ve tried some of these or just heard about them, there are a couple of things you need to understand. People will go to great lengths when they are desperately unhappy with their bodies.

 

Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Fad diets that focus on one food or food group do not give you the well-balanced nutrition your body needs. For example, with the Grapefruit Diet, your body will absorb Vitamin C (and acid!); but, will lack in Calcium, Protein, and much more. Grapefruits certainly have benefits of being a lower calorie food and containing fat-busting enzymes. It would be a great addition to your daily diet. The Paleo Diet leaves out dairy and grains. Any old-fashioned doctor will tell you a bowl of oatmeal will do you a world of good!

Why The Right Kind of Diet Does Work

The best “diet” is a lifestyle diet. This is a diet that will provide for a well-balanced nutrition plan so that your body gets everything it needs. If you develop a lifestyle diet as a plan you can live with long-term, it won’t feel like a diet.

Mom always says, “everything in moderation” and although that doesn’t define a lifestyle diet, there is a good message behind Mom’s wisdom.

Too much meat (protein sources) rob your body of the vitamins found in fruits and vegetables and the reverse is true. Besides, can you really see yourself eating raw carrots or grapefruits every day for the next 20 years? Maybe, but not likely. Next time you are making changes and working toward a healthier body, remember: what we put in our bodies is just as important as how it looks on the outside.