It’s a myth that there is a shortcut to a healthy diet. Having balanced meals, eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and consuming no junk food requires patience and a lot of planning.
There are certain diets which claim to reduce weight without much effort, that too in a short span of time. But, the truth is that, these diets are so deadly that following them could kill you.
This is the type of diet in which you consume only raw foods and avoid anything that is cooked. This is however impossible. Cooked food not only tastes good but also but it also aids digestion and boosts antioxidants. Consuming anything raw can be fatal at times. For example, unprocessed dairy can cause a listeria infection; raw eggs may have salmonella and uncooked meats invite a host of gnarly bacteria and deadly cases of diarrhea.
This diet was developed in the 1920s as a therapeutic tool for epileptic children. The idea was to deprive the brain of glucose to alter its chemistry and curtail seizures. This diet then became a popular tool for getting rid of body fat. In absence of sugar, the body will convert its own blubber stores into ketone bodies which are fatty acid byproducts structurally similar to glucose to be used as fuel. Studies say that people who follow this diet experience constipation and an increased risk of kidney stones.
Dieters following this plan give up added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy products, chemicals and processed junk for one whole month. People following this diet claim that these foods mess up our metabolic systems and cause immune dysfunction, hormone imbalances, and even diabetes.However, there’s no evidence to support this claim till date. Following this diet can lead to constipated and deficiency in calcium.
People following this diet believe that people should consume meat and ignore grains, dairy, and legumes. Cutting on dairy and fiber-rich foods messes with the microbial colonies that make our guts work. Without the probiotic benefits of yogurts and the prebiotic effects of fibrous foods like beans and whole grains, our stomachs struggle to block pathogens, maintain metabolism, and extract calories and nutrients.
5. Vegan diet
Vegan diet has a lot of disadvantages. Cutting out on meat causes deficiencies in deficiencies in iron, B12, and calcium, those nutrients we usually attain from meat, seafood, and dairy. Vegans also have an increased risk of osteoporosis later in life, and in the short term, too less B12 can cause weakness and fatigue.