Managing a Healthy Diet : How to Recognize a Dangerous Diet

Managing a Healthy Diet : How to Recognize a Dangerous Diet


Hi, my name is Brenda Thompson, registered
dietitian and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment I am going to talk about the
dangers of fad diets. Losing more than two pounds a week on the average may cause any
of the following. The first one is dehydration. It is very important that our body is hydrated
so that it can function fully and dehydration can become extremely dangerous. A fad diet
can also show mood swings and none of us want that. They also can provide a lack of energy…muscle
loss. A lot of high protein diets with low carbohydrate will show some muscle loss. They
also can show calcium loss. Many fad diets will put stress on the kidneys, so if there
are a lot of urinary tract infections or kidney infections, this may be cause to fad diets.
Sometimes fad diets also put a lot of stress on the heart, depending on the regimen, there
may be a lot of fat or cholesterol added to the diet. There also can be stress on the
digestive system. If the diet is not balanced, and there is not enough fiber in the diet
then there can be some digestive distress. Fad diets can also decrease your immune system
because of the lack of nutrients that it provides. Also, the most important is fad diets can
also have nutrient deficiencies. Some of these deficiencies can cause depression and other
things, skin irritations, and so sometimes they can be very extremely dangerous. So you
should always consult your dietitian and doctor before starting a diet regimen.