Today the trendy Raw Food Diet, based entirely on eating only organic, 'living' vegetables, is so hip that entire L.A. eateries have devoted themselves to shaping raw vegetables to look like meals that would otherwise require cooking.
Every year over 50 million Americans decide to follow a structured diet in order to lose weight. Some of them will choose fad weight loss diets, which may result in short term weight loss, but are almost guaranteed to replace the weight in the end.
Weight loss diets have been around for ages; a San Francisco art dealer named Horace Fletcher published the first recorded diet book in 1898. Fletcher, who weighed over 200 pounds, lost over 50 pounds by chewing every bite of food multiple times; from 32 to 100 times per mouthful. His book encouraged people to follow his lead and chew, chew, chew. Fletcher's nickname? The Great Masticator.
Some weight loss diets encourage the dieter to consume nothing but one specific food; ever heard of the grapefruit diet? Or the cabbage soup diet? Of course you lose weight, but expect to lose energy and experience malaise, cravings and hunger in the meantime. Plus, restricting other food groups and certain vitamins and minerals is proved to do nutritional harm to your body.
Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar a year industry and companies gladly promote any new theme or product they believe people will buy into. Most fad weight loss diets sound too good to be true because they are exactly that; not true. For example, the 'Hollywood 48 Hour Miracle Diet' promises to make you lose up to 14 pounds in two days; dieters survive on juice blends for a week to 'cleanse' the body of excess weight then watch the pounds drop in 48 hours. In reality, expect to suffer diarrhea, hunger and cramping. Any weight lost is usually water weight rather than fat; at least until the end of the diet when the ravenous individual gains it all back with the first morsel of solid food.
Fad weight loss diets never work out because they don't teach the individual the requisite balance between nutrition and exercise needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It takes time to lose weight the 'right' way and yes, motivation can often be the hardest part. Too many times people turn towards what promises to be a 'quick fix' and then risk feeling even worse about their weight and themselves when it doesn't work out.