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The Fails Of The Fad Diets

Another summer brings with it another menu of celebrity-endorsed, and often rather insane diet regimes, to get us in shape for the sociable season.

Last year we saw Brits in their masses gulping down buttery coffee and charcoal water (yep, really.) And with Hollywood stars and A-List celebrities preaching their success, there are certainly plenty of new dietary fads to choose from.

However whilst we're busy loading up our salads with Maple Syrup or sprinkling our cereal with Cayenne pepper, we may be missing the dangers these diets pose to our long term health.

Homeware retailer, Red Candy has outlined recently just how much damage fad diets could be doing to your body. And the results are eye-opening...

The Grapefruit Diet

What is it? Grapefruit. And lots of it! One with every meal in fact. Unless you prefer it in juice form, in which case a glass of grapefruit juice with every meal is fine. What's the harm? Grapefruit is highly acidic, leading to a dry mouth (which leads to bad breath!) Too much can cause disrupted sleep, dizziness, high blood pressure and pain when peeing. Ouch. The Paleo Diet What is it? Old school. Very old school. You eat what our distant ancestors did. Animals (including bone, cartilage and organs), eggs, fruits, raw nuts and seeds. What's the harm?

New research suggests that following the paleo diet could actually lead to rapid weight gain and insulin resistance. It also cuts out fresh legumes and whole grains, for which there's been no evidence of them being bad for you.

The Atkins Diet

What is it? The celebrity favourite of the early noughties. Cut the carbs and the sugar, including fruit juices and grains. What's the harm?

Atkins became very well known for its connection with bad breath. A lack of carbs can also lead to tiredness, dizziness, constipation and insomnia.

The Cookie Diet

What is it? It really is what it sounds like. Cookies. Low-calorie ones. Made popular by Dr Sanford Siegal, on this diet you can stuff your face with special low cal cookies, in place of your breakfast, lunch, and any snacks in between (have a normal dinner though, you know, for variety!) What's the harm? Where's the nutrition? You won't be getting your daily vitamins and nutrients from a low cal biscuit. Sure, short term, you'll drop a few pounds. Long term, your body will suffer.

Mono Meal Diet

What is it? One food group. Over and over and over and over and over.... What's the harm? Eating just one type of food for every single meal won't only cause you some serious boredom, but will deprive the body of nutrients, which can lead to sleep problems, kidney issues, bad skin, excessive tiredness and bowel trouble. Some nutritionists have even linked the diet to eating disorders.

The Master Cleanse

What is it?

Liquid. Everything. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a lovely herbal laxative tea to get everything moving.

The Master Cleanse promises to help you overcome the 'psychological need to eat'.

What's the harm? Laxatives cause dehydration, irritable bottoms, diarrhoea and embarrassing gas. Some testers of this diet also reported acne, lack of concentration, poor energy levels and dizziness.

The Tapeworm Diet

What is it?

The tapeworm concept is nothing new. In fact, it's been around forever. It just appears to have become a popular choice over the years thanks to our quest for quick fixes! The diet involves deliberately ingesting the tapeworm parasite so that it can eat the food you've consumed.

What's the harm? What, despite the fact you have a living parasite sat in your body, guzzling your Sunday Roast? It's also possible for the worm to wriggle its way into other parts of the body through your blood, including your eye, liver or even your brain. Shudder. If you're an ambassador for eating right, you might make a great Personal Trainer or Nutritional Specialist! Speak to the team about our range of fitness instructor courses to find one that suits you! Personal trainer courses. You'll already have a passion for fitness and a savvy for what the job of a personal trainer involves. But in order to make it in the fast-paced world of fitness, you'll also need to be highly analytical, persistent, organised, a strong motivator and, most importantly, a great listener. You do not have to look like a bodybuilder, but you need to definitely be a role model in your lifestyle choices and have a passion for pushing boundaries. Our popular Focus Training courses relating to this blog post on the fails of the fad diets include our gym instructor courses, exercise referral courses, sports massage courses and the extremely popular personal trainer courses. When it comes to career prospects for personal trainers, the fitness industry has opened up a whole new range of choices. Our personal training courses give you direct support with tutors (experienced personal trainers). All our courses are developed to offer you the essential tools to become a fully certified fitness professional. Via our home page, you can find personal training courses.