When a person wants to lose weight he / she is faced with a great array of diets, some work and some do not, some are healthy and some of them represent a very high risky for our health.
However, to achieve significant weight loss that can be sustained over a long period of time, without regaining all that lost weight, it is imperative to build up a practice of healthy eating habits. Therefore, the best diet is that which involves a complete change in the way we eat, through the acquisition of positive dietary habits.
Diets that produce a weight loss but are risky to our health
Ketogenic diets, such as the extreme protein diet, Atkins diet and Dukan diet, produce a rapid and remarkable weight loss, but are extremely dangerous to our health because they eliminate foods that provide complex and simple carbohydrates.
Hyperproteic diets are based exclusively on proteins and fats and in the stimulation of reserve fat oxidation in order to produce energy. The combustion of fats produces ketone bodies and the body enters a state of ketosis characterized by tiredness, headache, feeling of exhaustion, dizziness and nausea.
In addition, Ketogenic diets imply a renal overload because they are very high in proteins and also tend to be very rich in sodium. Due to the excess of protein and sodium, our kidney works excessively and, if the diet is extended over a period of time, our organ can suffer severe and irreversible damage.
On the other hand, if Hyperproteic diets are followed for a period of time and when the desired weight is reached, we start consuming again foods containing carbohydrates (such as bread, cookies, cereals, pasta, flour, sugar, honey, ice cream). Even though we may consume them in moderate amounts, it will produce the famous rebound effect and the person returns to their initial weight or even to a heavier body weight.
Hyperproteic diets are the most risky for our health and do not allow us to build a healthy lifestyle.
Diets that attribute weight loss properties to a particular food
These diets are often a trend for some time and are based on attributing almost miraculous weight loss properties to a certain food. Some of them are less than ideal because they normally do not allow incorporating any other food without weight any loss properties, but others allow to have a more varied diet although they include its “star food” in almost all of their meals.
These diets do not contribute with the formation of healthy eating habits because they do not educate the person, but they tend to be very strict, rigid and designed to be followed for a very short period of time (often a week).
Examples of this type of diets are Tomato diet, Tuna diet, Green tea diet, Pineapple diet, Salmon diet, Lemon diet, Onion diet, Fruit diet, Rice diet and Apple diet.
Healthy diet to lose weight
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, the most efficient diet to lose weight is the one in which the person learns to eat healthy, acquires positive eating habits and integrates them into a normal lifestyle. This means that the person does not depend on following a structured and rigid meal plan, nor is he or she obsessed with calories, but knows how to choose all foods, how to combine them and how to cook them to obtain a healthy meal.
A healthy diet is the opposite of “dieting”;, as this statement often means going hungry and following a fixed menu, for a limited period of time.
A balanced diet that favors weight loss is one that is based on fruits, vegetables, seeds, whole grains and flours, lean meats (low fat), fish, low-fat dairy products, eggs and, as a drink, fresh water. It is a diet low in in sodium, processed meats, sausages, fried foods, lard, confectionery products, processed foods, ice cream, sweets, sugar, sugary drinks and alcohol.