Yes, you may have heard that rapid weight loss diets do not work.
This shouldn’t be new anymore as millions who have tried diets that promotes rapid weight loss have attested to the ineffectiveness of these methods.
What is worse is that they are actually not only ineffective, but they are also dangerous to one’s health.
Yet, there are more and more of these types of diets that surface every year.
Moreover, some people who have sworn that they will not fall victim to these schemes again find themselves succumb to them, only to regret afterwards, as they have wasted time and effort.
The idea of losing weight with only self-control as your investment sounds so tempting, no wonder a lot of people find themselves giving these fad diets once chance after another.
Let’s try looking at some of the most popular kinds of these diets and see why they don’t work.
The three most popular classifications of rapid weight loss diets include using supplements and pills for dieting, starvation, and VLC or very low calorie diets.
The three are quite self-explanatory.
Pills and supplements have been manufactured to function as appetite suppressors, metabolic rate enhancers, fat burners, and nutrient absorption blockers.
There is some truth to the claims of some supplements, especially ones that contain L-carnitine and other natural ingredients.
What is dangerous is that there are some pills that are synthetic and also contain dangerous substances.
Meanwhile, as the name implies, starvation diets lets one subsist in very little nutrition, most commonly through soups or a drink mix.
This type of diet is perhaps the oldest, with a history ranging back to the 1950s.
This diet can cause sickness as the person does not meet the daily recommended allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals he or she needs to function properly.
VLC diets, meanwhile take place in controlled environments commonly known as “fat farms” where a person is supervised by a nutritionist as he or she can only eat a portion of his or her RDA, including number calories.
VLC diets are effective, but often they are considered to be very difficult to attain, plus the treatment programs are known to be priced on the high end.
As products intended for weight loss are not under the regulation of the FDA, companies that market these products any way they want, even with no scientific backing or testimonies that their products indeed work.
Among all the methods stated above, only the VLC method has been scientifically proven to work.
However, as mentioned earlier, money is a factor for this method.
Moreover, it may not be as fast as the other proclaimed rapid weight loss diets as the patient would need to be enrolled in a fat farm program for months, at least.
Although the results can definitely be seen in the patient after weeks, the aim of VLC diets would be to promote healthy eating habits, thus it is a whole program that can be finished after a considerable amount of time.
Moreover, the patient is treated in a facility, away from family and friends for the entire time he or she is in the fat farm.
As for other FDA-approved medicines like fat blockers, they could only work when coupled with proper diet and exercise.