Labels. Health Claims. Packaging. Choices. So many nutritional choices... and so much information. Below is a selection of diets (some conventional, some 'fad') for you to examine. At the end of the article is an investigation for you to complete.
In the unending and increasingly urgent quest for weight loss, we have an abundance of diets to choose from. Faddish diets come and go so fast we can barely learn their formulas. From glorifying particular foods (like the acai berry) to demonizing others (like high-fructose corn syrup) diet promoters hop from one aisle of the grocery store to the next.
In contrast, long-term transformational programs cover all aspects of life, from eating to stress management. Some diets are anchored in geography like the Mediterranean, Scarsdale and Sonoma diets. Others are named after famous people such as the Atkins, Suzanne Somers and Jenny Craig plans. Some associate themselves with a religious reference, for instance, Pastor Rick Warren's Daniel Plan. Others are named after a specific food like the cookie, grapefruit or cabbage soup diet. Others take on descriptive names such as Weight Watchers and TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly).
Some use technical-sounding names, for instance, the hCG Diet, which first surfaced in the '50s. Even for diet groupies, the hCG diet seems severe (and is expensive). Calories are limited to 500 a day, and promoters claim that a daily injection of the pregnancy hormone hCG will make unwanted fat in the wrong places disappear. After reports of health complications, this regimen triggered a warning by the Food and Drug Administration; nonetheless, the hCG diet continues to grow in popularity.
While not as severe as the hCG diet calorie restrictions, all diets share the common goal of limiting calories to achieve weight loss. The dieter, forced to live in a constant state of deprivation and hunger, eventually finds the diet difficult to sustain. When the regimen is predictably discarded, the dieter regains the lost weight and frequently adds a few pounds more.
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Select a diet plan and evaluate it. Here are the pieces you want to investigate-
What is the name of the diet plan?
Step 1Evaluate the rate of weight loss the product promises
Step 2Evaluate the type of eating plan offered
Step 3Evaluate whether the diet offers some kind of maintenance plan after the goals are met
Step 4Decide what the diet costs
Step 5Know the health risks of the diets
Step 6Justify why you would or would not recommend this diet to somebody
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