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The New Year Revolution Diet

By on January 5, 2014

Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year again when virtually everyone swears to lose weight, get into shape and eat healthier.

Coincidentally, this time of year the weight-loss industry kicks into high gear with supplements promising too-good-to-be-true results, health clubs offer deals and exercise equipment-makers hawk machines they say do a better job of burning calories.

The trick is to actually stick to your resolutions.

One of the newest diets on the scene is the shred diet, developed by Dr. Ian K. Smith, who promises followers will lose 4 inches and two sizes in six weeks. The diet involves confusing one’s metabolism, using a low glycemic index diet combined with meal spacing and meal replacements, and 3 1/2 hours of exercise a week. Smith plans out the eating plan in “Shred the Revolutionary Diet,” so there’s no decision-making involved. At week 5, there’s a detoxification involved and the caloric intake drops from 1,400-1,800 a day to less than 1,300, Weightymatters.ca reported.

Dawn Napoli of Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Fla., found a number of positives about the diet, including its effect on diabetes and hypertension risk, and its ability to improve energy levels. However, she said dieters should realize all weight-loss plans need to be tailored by “sex, age, height, weight, goal weight and physical activity level.”

Juice cleanses are making a comeback. Such diets can be traced back to the 1940s to something called the Master Cleanse, which involved lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup for 10 days. There’s also usually at least one colonic involved. And we’re not talking all fruit juice here. We’re talking juice from as much as 20 pounds of vegetables a day. “The Juice Cleanse” diet is a 21-day regimen of juice and water.

The New York Times reported the modern cleanse diets generally include a nut-milk for fat and protein, with veggies providing the vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Doctors note juice cleanses can cause spikes and crashes in blood sugar, especially among those with undiagnosed diabetes. Additionally, because the body thinks it’s starving, it can lower the metabolism, sometimes permanently, making weight loss — or even maintaining weight — more difficult.


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