The Deal with Fad Diets
What is Fad Diet?
A fad diet is an eating plan that becomes popular quickly. Fad diets often promise dramatic, unrealistic weight loss results. Many are designed to take advantage of people’s willingness to “try anything” to lose weight, look and feel better, and reduce their risk for weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and other conditions.
Why are they popular? Do they actually work?
Many fad diets become popular because they do produce short-term weight loss quickly. However, most do not result in long-term weight loss success. They often are unhealthy and, in fact, some fad diets can severely jeopardize your health.
Some, but not all fad diets, promote unhealthy eating habits and don’t meet nutritional recommendations. They may provide far fewer daily calories than normal (“crash” diets)—resulting in weight loss mainly comprised of water and lean muscle mass, rather than fat.
It’s difficult for most people to maintain any diet that drastically restricts their food choices or requires them to eat unusual foods, very little food, or the same foods day after day. Therefore, people who lose weight on a fad diet usually gain the weight—and then some—back again.
It’s easy to spot a fad diet
Typically, a fad diet shares some, or all, of the following characteristics:
- Promises a quick fix
- Promotes ‘magic’ foods or combinations of foods
- Implies that food can change body chemistry
- Excludes or severely restricts food groups or nutrients, such as carbohydrates
- Has rigid rules that focus on weight loss
- Makes claims based on a single study or testimonials only.
Fad diets can cause health problems
- Because they often cut out key foods, fad diets may cause the following symptoms:
- Weakness and fatigue
- Nausea and headaches
- Inadequate vitamin and mineral intake.
Fad diets that severely restrict food groups or nutrients may also mean that you miss out on the protective health effects that a balanced eating plan provides. We don’t know whether fad diets are safe over the longer term, or whether they lead to an increased risk of various diseases.
The answer is a balanced eating plan
Don’t worry. There is an eating plan that gets results. You can achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and you don’t have to cut out any foods because you can eat everything – in moderation.
It’s called a balanced eating plan and it’s nothing new. Combined with moderate physical activity, it will change your life.
With a balanced eating plan, it’s what you leave in that makes all the difference. For a balanced eating plan to be successful, you need to:
- Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits.
- Include a variety of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain.
- Include lean meat, fish, poultry or alternatives.
- Include milk, yoghurts, cheeses or alternatives.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake.
- Choose reduced fat varieties of foods where possible.
- Choose foods low in salt.
- Limit your alcohol intake, if you choose to drink.
- Consume only moderate amounts of sugars, and food and drinks containing added sugars. In particular, limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
The bottom line about fad diets: Many fad diets are unhealthy and ineffective for long-term weight loss. If you’re concerned about losing weight and improving your health, talk to your doctor, a registered dietician or a nutritionist about developing a diet and exercise plan that’s right for you. Healthy weight loss requires long-term lifestyle changes—not the quick and easy fix of a fad diet.
Cozy Up with These DIY Fall Drinks
Autumn is so exciting! It’s chilly, pretty, and awesome. Warm sweaters, cozy reading socks, and delicious hot autumn drinks. Nothing feels cozier than curling up with a hot cup of your favorite fall drink under a warm throw and not feeling guilty about staying inside because, well, it’s far too chilly out to be out there. So here is a list of our favorite, most delicious fall drinks. Enjoy!
Decadent Nutella Hot Chocolate *Crock Pot
- 6 1/2 cups skim milk
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 T vanilla
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1 cup Nutella
- 1/4 tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in the Crock Pot and cook on low for 2 hours. For a less sweet, more milky version, add 1 to 2 cups more skim milk.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
- Brewed Coffee
- 1 T Pumpkin pie filling
- Pumpkin pie spice to garnish
- Vanilla creamer
Mix pumpkin pie filling and a splash of vanilla creamer to taste with cup of brewed coffee. Add whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice to garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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CARAMEL APPLE CIDER
- 4 cups apple cider
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp apple pie spice
- 1/4 cup caramel
- cinnamon stick (optional)
Cook to simmer and serve!
Salted Caramel Mocha
- Mocha latte k-cup kit from Starbucks
- Sea salt
- Caramel Sauce
- Turbinado sugar (for garnish
Add a dash of sea salt and caramel sauce to Starbucks mocha latte k-cup kit. Garnish with whipped cream and turbinado sugar as desired. Enjoy!
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3 Unusual Ways to Improve the Value of your Home
A house is one of the biggest things you’ll ever buy. It’s also one of the most significant investments in your portfolio. After all, when all else fails, you can rest assured that people will always need real-estate. However, it’s up to you to make sure that the house you purchase continues gaining value in the years to come. While there are many outside factors that can affect the value of a home, including changes in the ecosystem, and even the arrival of new amenities in your area, there are also things that you can do as a homeowner to make people want to pay more for your property. Since you’ve probably already thought about common options like replacing your kitchen or designing a new bathroom, we’re going to share some of the less conventional things you can do to transform your home.
Create a Fisherman’s Paradise
If you have a property that’s close to a body of water or even has its own riverside, then you’re going to be ahead of the curve already when it comes to gaining real-estate value. However, you can always take the desirability of your home another step further by making sure that you have fishing rights to offer your buyers. Let people know that buying your home comes with the option to spend their weekends fishing on the side of a beautiful river, and they’ll be biting your hands off for the chance to move in. Estimates suggest that this adds a value of about 15%.
Add a Residential Lift
Finally, if you’ve got a beautiful home to offer a couple looking for a great place to spend their retirement, then there’s one easy way to help them imagine their life in your property. Australian residential lifts show buyers that they’re going to be able to manage and maintain their independence when they get a little older, because they won’t have to worry about using the stairs. What’s more, residential lifts can also appeal to younger buyers too, because they give them a unique and modern selling point to share when the time comes to sell the property in the future. You’d be surprised at how affordable it can be to place a lift in your home these days, and the value that you get out of the investment can be astronomical. Just imagine how much easier it would be to carry laundry upstairs!
Give Your House a Name
This might sound like a strange way to upgrade the value of your home but bear with us. For most people, it might not matter whether they live at “The Oak”, or 35 Oak lane. However, research has shown that 88% of buyers would prefer to pay more for a home with a name. Perhaps it’s just because people feel like they’re getting a property with more personality this way. Just make sure that you have permission to name your house with your local council and choose a title that’s fitting for the property. It doesn’t make sense to call a city-based property “The Orchard” for instance.
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No More Computer Eyestrain – Get Rid of your Headaches for Good
My eyes feel strained, I have a headache, and my brain just feels tired.
This is what’s known as computer eyestrain, and anyone who frequently uses a computer has probably had it. It’s no fun, and it keeps our work from reaching its full potential. It also keeps us from resting well at night by throwing off our circadian rhythm, especially if using a computer after daylight hours, in a poorly lit room.
This is caused by the blue light computer screens emit which is designed to mimic the sun.
Here are 5 sure fire ways to get rid of those darn computer eye strain headaches for good.
Computer eye strain headaches – get rid of them for good
1. The 20-20-20 rule
Looking at something in the distance will give your eye muscles a break to reduce fatigue and headaches. This trick is intended to exercise your eyes and give them a break from your computer’s bright backlight.
2. Take frequent breaks
I know this might sound counter-productive, but I guarantee if you take more short breaks from your computer screen your eyes will thank you and you will see an immediate improvement in your productivity. Here’s some tips for making it happen:
- Drink more water. Not only will this keep you hydrated, it will also demand frequent trips for refills…and bathroom breaks.
- Set a reminder on your desktop. This goes for the 20-20-20 rule as well.
- Avoid the elevator. If you work 17 floors up, maybe not or you’ll be late for work. However, if you’re on the second or third floor, or you need to run downstairs for something, this extra bit of exercise will improve your circulation and engage your muscles, giving you an extra boost of energy, and a mental boost as well!
3. Increase your font size
When you can, increase your font size. If the text is too small, you’ll squint, which is the number one culprit of eye fatigue and headaches.
4. Try computer eyestrain glasses
Computer reading glasses are specially made to help reduce eyestrain. They have an anti-reflective coating to help reduce glare and a tint that helps increase contrast for easier viewing. For those of us who already wear glasses, prescription computer glasses are also available
5. Give your eyes a break
It can be tempting to binge on netflix as soon as you get home from work, but try giving your eyes a break from all the blue light that’s causing them grief. Staring at a screen all day not only weakens your vision, but it could lead to worse problems, like computer vision syndrome.