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The 4 Worst Weight Loss Diets

The 4 Worst Weight Loss Diets
When you pick a weight loss diet you have to be extremely careful to make sure that the diet will actually work for you and help you accomplish your weight loss goals. There are plenty of diets out there but not all of them are a good option for weight loss. In this article we will discuss some of the worst weight loss diets that you should do your best to avoid because they are not proven or not effective at actually helping you lose weight. Some of these diets are popular and have increased in popularity in recent years, and others have been fads. In either case, it's a good idea to avoid these diets for the most part as they are not proven and can even be dangerous when they are not properly administered.

Diet #1 - Cabbage Soup Diet

This is a diet fad that has come and gone in recent years, but it is definitely not a safe or effective diet. The Cabbage Soup diet involves eating nothing more than cabbage soup or cabbage broth for a few days to a week. There are several different variations of this diet that can be found online, but none of them are really safe or proven. The cabbage soup diet sometimes allows dieters to eat fruits and vegetables, but with so many different versions of the diet available it can be confusing as to which one is safe.

The reality is that eating nothing more than cabbage for a week is potentially dangerous to your health. Cabbage is a perfectly healthy vegetable on a balanced diet with other vegetables, protein and natural carbs, but cabbage by itself is certainly not sufficient for your daily nutritional needs. Cabbage is high in fiber which is why it is filling, and a lot of people lose weight on the diet. However nutritional deficiencies are definitely a possibility, and there can be significant side effects to reducing your nutritional intake. Many people also experience weight gain as soon as they get off of the diet, and the also find that it is very difficult to get through. You are much better off using a proven diet that is guaranteed to help you lose weight and has clinical evidence backing it up.

Diet #2 - The Blood Type Diet

The Blood Type diet is a diet based on eating particular foods that are selected based on your blood type. The idea behind the diet is that there are some foods that are less likely to cause immune responses for people of a particular blood type. Another major premise of the diet is that your ABO blood type supposedly limits you to a certain group of foods that are not as likely to cause weight gain and other health problems. There are several issues with this diet, but one of the biggest problems is that there is no scientific evidence supporting its claims.

The diet requires you to pull out a list of foods that you can eat before any meal, and there are other requirements as well. People with an O blood type, for example, are only allowed to eat a diet that is high in protein with limitations on grains and legumes. However, the other blood types such as A and B are allowed to eat grains. There is nothing to suggest that certain blood types can eat grains without having weight gain, and there seem to be several inaccuracies in regards to the foods that supposedly cause weight gain and the foods that don't. Although this particular diet never seemed to really take off, there was a group of people that were promoting it at one time, but there's never been any research that has proven its effectiveness or even anecdotal evidence.

Diet #3 -  The Baby Food Diet

As silly as it sounds, the Baby Food Diet has been circulated as a great weight loss option among some celebrities, and it was supposedly created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson. The baby food diet involves replacing some or all of your daily meals with baby food. Several versions of the diet were created after the initial one, but none of them have been proven to really be effective for weight loss. Aside from being ridiculous, the diet is also fairly unappealing and requires dieters to test out different baby foods to find the ones that they can actually tolerate.

The idea of how the diet may work for some is simple; you are reducing your calorie intake by replacing some or all of your meals with baby food, since most baby food jars are no more than 100 calories. It's the simple concept of calorie restriction that causes weight loss, but you don't need to replace your meals with baby food in order to do this. In any case, you're better off trying a low calorie diet like the HCG diet that is proven to result in weight loss and doesn't require you to eat pureed mush.

Diet #4 -  The Dukan Diet

This diet was created by French doctor Pierre Dukan and it has been consistently rated as one of the worst diets to attempt. It is considered to be far too restrictive and not really based on any evidence that it can actually lead to long term weight loss. It even borrowed some ideas from other diets like the Paleo diet and the HCG diet, both of which have medically approved variations that have actually been clinically proven.

The Dukan diet was supposedly used by Kate Middleton to slim down ahead of the royal wedding, but that doesn't mean that you should try it. There is a period of time on the diet where you are only allowed to eat protein rich foods, and of course this type of extreme food restriction can cause all sorts of health problems. There are a lot of cryptic and difficult to understand guidelines on the diet, and it's not considered to be safe by any means. There are few if any medical providers who would advise the diet or oversee it.

The only safe and effective diets for weight loss are balanced, are clinically proven, and have evidence supporting their effectiveness, such as the HCG diet which is one of the few diets available in the United States that are overseen by medical providers and are guaranteed to work when properly followed. To learn more about the HCG diet, click here to talk to a medical professional at Nu Image Medical.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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