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By Jan Purser
It's pretty tempting to take up the latest diet
craze to shift a few kilos of extra padding fast.
But how much good are you actually doing for
your body in the long run?
The fad diet has been around for centuries and
an Englishman named William Banting wrote the
first diet book in 1864 called Letter on Corpulence.
He apparently lost 50 pounds after changing his
eating habits and wrote about it. The book was a
sell out. In more recent times we hear about
celebrities following their favourite diet with
exceptional results. It all sounds great? until we
hear how they've put on all the weight again, plus
Let's take a look at the effectiveness of some
popular fad diets doing the rounds:
The Lemon Detox diet is really a fast where you
make a drink from a syrup mix and lemon juice and
have this throughout the day rather than eating
foods.This diet is extreme and is likely to leave you
feeling very fatigued. It's quite possible that you
will lose muscle mass in the process and this
muscle loss will result in slowed metabolism and
then weight gain beyond where you started once
you have completed the diet.
The Cabbage Soup diet is where you make a
cabbage and vegie soup and have it every day
along with other allowed foods that vary each day
during the seven-day program. This is definitely a
faddish diet.For example, one day you can eat up to
eight bananas and as much skim milk as you like,
along with the soup. This is the type of diet where
you might lose weight (some of it muscle) but will
most likely put it all back on once you go back to
The Atkins diet is where you avoid all
carbohydrates and fruit and have a diet high in
protein, fat and fibre, with some non-starchy vegies
and salad.A lot of controversy surrounds the original
version of the diet as it encourages the consumption
of animal fats in bacon, butter and cream, so there is
concern that it increases the risk of heart disease.You
will lose body fat but also water, which will return
once finished the diet. It's a difficult diet to sustain
long term and in social situations.
The South Beach diet starts with a no-carb
phase for two weeks, focusing on protein foods,
vegetables, salads, eggs, cheese and nuts served in
three meals and two snacks. Phase two
reintroduces starchy carbs plus a few indulgences.
Phase three is the maintenance program and must
be followed long term.This diet takes you through
phases and makes it clear that to maintain a
healthy weight you have to make changes for life.It
is more balanced than some and is similar to the
The Zone diet involves each meal containing a
kilojoule breakdown of 40 per cent carbs, 30 per
cent protein and 30 per cent fat. By keeping to this
ratio, you better manage blood glucose levels and
this reduces inflammatory processes that can
occur with excess body weight. This focus makes
satiety easy to achieve, reduces sugar cravings and
there is room for a couple of treats each week. This
diet includes all the food groups, making it the
most balanced and easier to stick with long term.
Also like the South Beach, you need to follow the
principles long term to maintain a healthy weight.
The Ketogenic diet involves reduction in the
refined carbohydrates in our diet, with emphasis
on reducing cravings and regulating blood sugar,
by adjusting the balance between fat,
carbohydrates and proteins.The aim is to have the
body move into a natural fat burning state, called
ketosis,the advantages of which include reduction in
appetite and preservation of muscle mass. Ketones,
expelled in urine, should be measured daily to help
indicate fat burning state.
The Atkins,South Beach and Zone diet will all result
in a mild ketogenic state,but the safest way to embark
on this diet is with support of qualified practioners or
The simple fact is there is no one secret to weight
loss. It's easy to be tempted by promises of a
Cabbage Soup diet or Lemon Detox but diet alone
won't help shift the kilos, as eating is only one part of
the equation. Unless we have a healthy relationship
with food and embrace physical activity, sustainable
weight loss will remain elusive.
Nutritionist Natalie Wight, of Revive Weight
believes we need to
embrace a more
holistic approach to
weight loss that
focuses on the three
key elements -- mind,
menu and movement.
"My history as a
Nutritionist is based on whole foods and a natural
approach to life. Calorie counting and shakes
might work in a controlled environment and for a
short period of time, but not long term. It's about
educating people on healthy food, helping them
with mental focus and increasing their
Revive Weight Control is different to other
weight loss programs as it incorporates:
• The Mind: Face-to-face weekly coaching from
qualified nutritionist, Natalie Wight.
• Menu: Real food, not meal replacements. The
program borrows from a ketogenic diet and is
designed so the body burns fat for fuel.
• Movement: Weekly consults a movement coach,
who will create an individual program to suit you.
If you have found it difficult to lose weight in the
past, Revive can help.With the support of qualified
nutritional and movement coaches, you can lose
up to 8kg in 5 weeks.
Call 3824 0746 or visit reviveweightcontrol.com.au
Fad diets -- do they really work?
Ph 3821 2761
or Mob 0401 162 996
Certified Personal Trainer
Queensland Masters Weightlifting Champion 2009
Back Care,Postural & Weight Loss Specialist
Certificate III & IV in Fitness Qualification
Recently I had a working mum from
Birkdale call asking me how to lose her
extra 20kilos, weight she had gained
during her pregnancy. She had done no exercise
and didn't really understand how to work out
what was healthy eating.
Fat won't come off by itself. You need to
educate yourself on how to get rid of it for good.
Firstly mums need a commitment to make time
for exercise and eating correctly. I am always
surprised at how quickly busy working mums can
lose the weight once they are educated.
By educated I mean learn to read food labels so
you know what you are putting into your families'
mouth each meal time. It's not that difficult to
work out high fat, high sugar or high
carbohydrates. It's all sitting on the food label.
I realise mums have a very tough job looking
after the kids and dad, doing the shopping,
cooking the meals, washing, and the list is just
exhausting.But there is no excuse for just feeding
ourselves with foods we think are healthy only to
find out the fat content exceeds 50 percent of the
Look, let's be real here. We live in a very busy
world and at the end of each day mums might get
some 'me' time. The problem is when they sit
down, kids are in bed, and they watch a TV
programme or read the latest fashion magazines
over a hot chocolate and a packet of biscuits.This
is not what I would call a good choice at night
again this may be enjoyable at the time but you
have just added some extra fat to your figure.
The real problem I see is self image. Looking at
the fashion models figures won't help you get
back in shape. Mums who call me want to look as
good as they used too. Secondly they ask me if
they have to join a gym. A lot of mums are self
conscious and don't want to be at the gym, they
feel uncomfortable about how they look.
So why do they call me what makes me
different from the young personal trainers at the
local gyms? My business is about education and
building a working relationship with each client.
We have local doctors, physios and nutritionists
on our team to support our client's goals. We
teach you how to eat correctly and pick the best
exercises that increase your natural ability to
burn more calories and lose weight.We are 100%
focussed on getting results for you whatever they
may be at that time.
I am not a young rookie trainer. I have been
involved in top level sport for 30 years. We are
mobile and come to you saving you time and
I have Mother 's Day Gift Certificates available.If
you are serious give us a call today! Get educated
by an exercise professional. Stop wasting time
and lose that extra weight.
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