How crash diets harm your health

Six weight loss myths that are making you fatter

In the late 1970s, an osteopath named Robert Linn published “The Last Chance Diet,” a best seller that advocated a miraculous “liquid protein diet.” Following the lead of their favorite celebrities, millions of people bought quarts of Dr. Linn’s liquid formula and embraced the diet (or one of many copycat versions), averaging just 300 to 400 calories a day. The diet seemed to work wonders — some people reported losing as many as 10 pounds a week on the formula.

Diets of Children Falling Away From Healthy Eating

Recent studies reveal artificial sweeteners contribute to obesity. Diet soda consumers remain overweight while destroying their brain cells and creating other health hazards. Myth 2: Eat low or no fat foods. The bogus cholesterol scare created by junk science in the 1950s spawned the birth of a no and low fat food industry. Those foods are also usually sweetened with artificial sweeteners as well, creating a double health hazard whammy. Avoid margarine and hydrogenated oils. Our bodies need good fats to help build cell walls, brain cells, and mylan sheaths that protect nerves. Producing vitamin D3 from sunlight relies on fats in our skin to start the conversion process. Almost all the dietary information out there has established itself on this bogus myth. Good fats include cold pressed virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fish oils, hemp seed and flax seed oils, or any other cold pressed vegetable oil except canola.

The Master Cleanse involves consuming a mixture of water, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper -- and nothing else -- for several days.

The average score was 50 for children ages 2 to 17, in 2007 and 2008 (the most recent period for which data was available). That score remained relatively unchanged from earlier years. (The average score in the 2005-2006 period was 47.) “The diet-quality scores of children and adolescents would be improved by increasing the intake of vegetables, especially dark greens and beans, replacing refined grains for whole grains, substituting seafood for some meat and poultry, and decreasing the intake of sodium (salt) and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars,” the report said. [See 10 Ways to Promote Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits]. Chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, may stem, in part, from childhood eating patterns, according to the report from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In addition to examining diet, the report looked at a number of other measures of children’s well-being. Here are some of the findings: The number of children living in the United States fell slightly, from 73.9 million in 2011 to 73.3 million in 2012. The percentage of children born preterm dropped from 12.8 percent in 2006 to 11.7 percent in 2011. The rate of teen births, for girls ages 15 to 17, fell from 17 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2009 to 15 births per 1,000 teen girls in 2011. The percentage of high school seniors reporting binge drinking rose, from 22 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2012. The percentage of children ages 4 to 11 with detectable levels of cotinine in the blood, a measure of secondhand smoke, dropped from 53 percent in 2007-2008 to 42 percent in 2009-2010.

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