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Fad diets DO work... but only for a year: Health benefits such as weight loss and blood pressure vanish after 12 months, new study suggests
After months of counting calories and saying no to desserts, those on a diet will not want to hear this.
But improving eating habits will only keep weight off for less than a year and improvements in blood pressure will also disappear, according to a study.
Scientists looked at 14 popular food fads, including fashionable Atkins and Paleo diets, which were followed for an average of 26 weeks.
The Atkins diet encourages people to limit their carbohydrate intake while Paleo diets mean eating the foods ancient hunter-gatherers used to.
Parental diet affects sperm and health of future offspring
When parents eat low-protein or high-fat diets it can lead to metabolic disorders in their adult offspring. Now, an international team led by researchers at the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research (CPR) have identified a key player and the molecular events underlying this phenomenon in mice.
The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease is a school of thought that focuses on how prenatal factors such as stress and diet impact the development of diseases when children reach adulthood. Experimental evidence indicates that environmental factors that affect parents do play a role in reprogramming the health of their offspring throughout their lifespan. In particular, parental low-protein diets are known to be related to metabolic disorders in their children, such as diabetes.
WHEN INSTAGRAM ‘WELLNESS INFLUENCERS’ SOUND LIKE THE PRO-ANOREXIA BLOGS THAT FUELED MY EATING DISORDER
I’ll point to a recent “health trend” that has disturbed the internet: dry fasting. A step beyond buzzy-as-of-late intermittent fasting, dry fasting not only requires abstaining from food (already a slippery slope) but also from water for a set period of time. Dozens of reputable health experts, even ones who support some form of intermittent fasting, have denounced dry fasting as being unhealthy and dangerous. Yet I keep seeing people promote it all over Instagram; paired with photos of thin bodies are paragraphs encouraging restriction.
“Food addiction is real,” writes one self-proclaimed dry fasting expert. “The brainwashing goes deep.” In a now-deleted post, another supporter of dry fasting declared, “food is just another attachment… there are people living without water and food.”
Almost word-for-word, it’s all too reminiscent of the eating disorder forums I, and unfortunately many millennial women of a certain age, frequented back in the early- and mid-2000s.
Coming across these posts, I was struck, obviously, by the completely unhealthy advice, but also by the familiarity of the language used by these “wellness” influencers. Almost word-for-word, it’s all too reminiscent of the eating disorder forums I, and unfortunately many millennial women of a certain age, frequented back in the early- and mid-2000s.
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Flight Attendant Blames Keto Diet, Not Booze, for Failed Breathalyzer
Andrew Riley, a former American Airlines flight attendant, claims the ketogenic diet caused him to blow a .05 on a breathalyzer in 2019, which resulted in him getting fired by the airline, FOX13 Tampa Bay reports. Riley previously failed a separate breath test in 2013, though in that instance, he did not dispute the charge that he’d drank alcohol.
Since this is Riley’s second offense, the stakes are extremely high: the Department of Transportation dictates that a second alcohol infraction will result in a lifetime ban from working as an attendant for any airline. Riley is calling for a new alcohol detection test to be used in assessing flight attendants, and he has some facts on his side. Riley states he was not under the influence, and instead, says he’s simply guilty of being on the ketogenic diet, in which carbohydrates are replaced with fat as the body’s main fuel source. This popular diet has made way for such culinary creations as the cheeseburger casserole (with heavy cream) and the lovely phrase “keto crotch.”
Student, 22, died under a passenger train after his health deteriorated due to an 'oddball' diet he had been following off the internet, inquest hears
A food technology student threw himself under the wheels of a passenger train after an extreme diet he found on the internet caused his health to deteriorate.
Will Mathews, 22, ate only vegetables and fruit after becoming 'fixated' with recipes free from carbohydrates and protein he downloaded from a US website.
The Manchester Metropolitan University student, a former pescatarian, began taking health supplements to compensate but he became convinced he had issues with his bones and he started to lose his hair. His mental state deteriorated amid fears he was struggling with his degree.
From snake oil to science: I peddled 'clean' eating, wellness — until I learned the facts
Marketing that organic food is cleaner is all around us. Just take a look at the campaign “Skip the Chemicals.” It encourages consumers to fear the scary-sounding names of chemicals and adopt a better-safe-than-sorry attitude toward their food. Ultimately, though, it steers consumers toward more costly organic foods, although there is no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious.
The “Dirty Dozen” list is another marketing ploy. Not only did I have this list stuck to my fridge at home, I also encouraged my clients to download and share it. Using pesticide residue data from the USDA, it ranks food by the levels of detected pesticides to generate a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables consumers should avoid in their conventional versions.
Take strawberries, which topped the list in 2018. The USDA published test results on tens of thousands of nonorganic fruit and vegetable samples across the country. Most of the samples of strawberries showed residues of at least one kind of pesticide and, in one sample of strawberries, 22 different pesticide residues were detected — but that doesn’t mean the pack of strawberries you buy at the grocery store will have 22 pesticides.
Why woke diets featuring superfoods such as avocado and advocated by the likes of Ella Woodward are leading to a surge of distressing gut problems
The woman, in her mid-30s, looked pretty healthy, which, undoubtedly, was her goal. Sitting in my clinic – I’m a dietician at a busy London hospital – we began discussing her daily food and drink regime.
Work was busy and stressful, so there wasn’t much time for breakfast, apart from some fruit or a green juice. Lunch was a salad brimming with chickpeas and roasted vegetables and topped with a sprinkling of antioxidant-rich seeds.
Yet more vegetables and maybe some ‘plant protein’ – beans and nuts – for dinner. She tries to limit her dairy intake, choosing lattes made with almond or soya milk.
And yet, here she was, almost doubled over with gut pain, complaining of bloating, cramps and other more embarrassing, and distressing, digestive complaints.
‘I never touch junk food,’ she added, hopefully.
At this point, I know I’m going to have to break some bad news. She may think her diet is exemplary but, in fact, it’s the cause of her problems.
I call it ‘woke’ or overzealous healthy eating – consuming vast quantities of so-called ‘clean’ ingredients while avoiding entire food groups such as dairy, carbohydrates or meat for health or ‘ethical’ reasons.
And I believe this kind of trendy eating is behind a surge in cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that I, and my colleagues, have been seeing.
Dieting Will Kill You Faster Than Obesity. Here’s What to Do Instead.
Here’s one that will make you rejoice and groan at the same time: Dieting is worse for you than being overweight. That’s right, the restrictive behavior of significantly reducing calories and eliminating entire categories of foods puts such a toll on a body, it’s better to simply be obese. But why? It’s all due to weight-cycling, the well-established phenomenon that large shifts in eating habits lead to weight loss followed by even more weight gain. Studies show that along with excess pounds, a complex mess of changes to gut flora, metabolism, fats, and, yes, mental health all work together to make you fatter, unhealthier, and more miserable. So why should you quit your well-intentioned but altogether unhealthy diet plan? And what can you replace it with? Let’s get into it.
Doctors put overweight patients on a path to failure by focusing on shedding pounds
Burger King’s New Plant-Based Burger Isn’t Actually Vegan-Friendly Because Of How It's Prepared
Last year was the year of plant-based versions of fast food classics like the Dunkin' breakfast sandwich and so many different types of vegan-friendly burgers. It's no surprise that 2020 is already kicking off with more meatless options, but the new Burger King soy-based patty is actually not a suitable option for vegans because of how it's prepared.
The new Rebel Whopper is only available in the United Kingdom as of now, and includes a soy patty. One would think that this makes it totally A-okay for vegan fast food lovers, but unfortunately, the patty is grilled on the same surface as the meat patties. This makes it a no-go for those who follow strict vegan diets because of the cross contamination.
The sandwich also comes dressed with mayonnaise as reported by the BBC, which is also non-vegan since it's made with eggs.
Is ‘Clean Eating’ Actually Healthy? Here’s What the Experts Say
Jessica Alba does it. Miranda Kerr does it. Gwyneth Paltrow wrote a cookbook about it. “Clean eating” has picked up steam in the past few years as the healthy eating plan du jour. But just like any health trend, its meteoric rise has been countered by naysayers, who say it is unsustainable at best and dangerous at worse. In fact, the British Dietetic Association identified “clean eating” as its number one “worst celebrity diet[s] to avoid.” Whoa. But what’s so bad about incorporating more salads and veggies into your diet? It seems harmless…right?
Everyone Really Hates Anti-Vaxxers and Keto
Okay, everybody, the Worst Wellness Trend of the 2010s Tournament has officially drawn to a close, with anti-vaxxing claiming the number one slot once and for all. To be honest, we're not totally surprised. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids are, after all, notorious for lifting rhetoric from the reproductive rights movement and pretty much completely responsible for the revival of once-dead diseases like measles. Wellness rocks!
‘There’s something terribly wrong’: Americans are dying young at alarming rates
Death rates from suicide, drug overdoses, liver disease and dozens of other causes have been rising over the past decade for young and middle-aged adults, driving down overall life expectancy in the United States for three consecutive years, according to a strikingly bleak study published Tuesday that looked at the past six decades of mortality data.
Men, overall, have higher all-cause mortality than women, but the report pulls out some disturbing trends. Women are succumbing to diseases once far more common among men, even as men continue to die in greater absolute numbers.
A baby kept on a vegan diet died. His parents have been arrested on a manslaughter charge.
The parents of an 18-month-old boy who died in September from malnourishment have been arrested by Florida police on charges of manslaughter and child neglect.
On Sept. 27, around 4 a.m., Sheila O'Leary nursed the child briefly and, she told authorities, became worried when he began breathing shallowly, the Florida Fort Myers News-Press reported. Rather than call for help, though, the O'Learys went to sleep.
New study finds vegetarianism and veganism could lead to higher risk of stroke
If you were considering swearing off meat for health reasons, maybe don't throw away that bacon cheeseburger just yet. At least not if all that you're trying to prevent is a stroke. A report by researchers at Oxford published in the British Medical Journal found that out of nearly 50,000 people studied, vegetarians and vegans had a 20 percent higher rate of stroke than meat eaters.
A 19-month-old had thinning bones and no teeth after her parents fed her a vegan diet of fruit, rice milk, potatoes, and tofu
In March 2018, two parents in Australia took their daughter to the hospital after she had a seizure. Once there, doctors found that the girl was severely malnourished and had rickets, a condition in which children's bones are softer and weaker because they are deficient in vitamin D, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In December, the parents pleaded guilty to causing danger or serious injury to their baby, acknowledging that they fed their daughter a vegan diet that included tofu, rice milk, vegetables, fruit, and oats, the Australian Broadcasting Company reported on Thursday.
Doctors said the girl's bones didn't develop properly because of her nutrient deficiencies, and a foster-care provider who met the 19-month-old said she looked just 3 months old because of her condition and had no teeth, according to the ABC report.