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Are Diet Fads Commercializing on Readily Available Information?

Posted Feb 16 2013 10:58am

In an age where everyone has healthier eating on their minds, diets are plentiful for those who wish to spend the money to participate in them. Each time a new diet appears within the mainstream of socialites, there is money flowing like gravy from a pile of potatoes. However, are these companies really selling new ideas to the public? Or are they simply adding a few small changes to information that is readily available to anyone with Internet access and a search engine?

1. Meats -Nearly all of the popular diets call for eating lean meat. Of course, this is a well-documented fact and you don't need to spend money on a special book or DVD that will tell you this information. Fish, chicken, pork, and even beef in proper portion sizes is great for your body.

2. Fats and Carbohydrates - Although new research methods have discovered that omega-3 fatty acids are indeed good for you, most diets will inform you to stay away from foods loaded with too much of the bad carbohydrates. This is quite common knowledge and you don't need some celebrity pushing a diet plan to tell you this.

3. Vegetables - Of course vegetables are going to be a great source of nutrition. Each time a new diet appears, they imply that the developer "discovered" that eating meats and vegetables can help boost your metabolism. Didn't our parents insist that we eat our vegetables at dinner time?

4. Sugars - Limiting the intake of sugars has more of a health benefit that many will realize. When it comes to fatty sugars inside various foods such as cupcakes and cookies, obesity isn't the only thing you should be worried about. Type 2 Diabetes forms when your blood-sugar levels are too high. Consuming large quantities of sweets and other sugar rich products can put you at great risk. Again, do you really need to spend money on a plan that tells you that this kind of eating is bad?

5. Starvation -Many diets will add that starving yourself isn't a healthy way to diet. Some would suggest that starving yourself isn't a healthy way to live, either. Humans need to eat in order to continue conscious thought. You don't have to limit your meals to one per day of scrap proteins – in fact, that will probably kill you eventually.

6. Water - Great emphasis is put on water in nearly every diet you come across. Again, this could be considered quite obvious as we absolutely need water to live. However, many people don't realize just how vital water can be to healthy dieting.

No matter how you slice up a diet, healthy weight loss comes from those who have the will power to put down the spoon and step away. As the saying goes, "You are what you eat." Regardless of which diet you choose to partake in, changing your eating habits and regular exercise could save you a great deal of money. You truly don't need surgeries, pills, and supplements if you can practice good eating habits and self-control.

Author Bio:

Amanda Carlson, a blogger as well as a former newborn care nurse contributed this post. To stay connected to her previous career and share the knowledge she gained, she began writing for . You can reach her at amanda.newborncare @

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