Audrina Patridge- The Hill’s Diet

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Diet:

Audrina is on a low-fat low-carb diet. She generally eats around 1500 calories a day, though she has a fast metabolism. She tries to stay away from sugars, bread, pasta, and rice. She eats 3 meals a day and 3 snacks. Sometimes even *diet supplements. 

Typical days worth of food:

Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with peanut butter
Lunch: Lunch is usually a protein shake
Dinner: Is usually lean protein like fish, paired with steamed vegetables like broccoli.
Snacks: Her snacks are usually apples and almonds. She eats only organic foods and tries to stay away from meat but eats lots of fish.

Workout Plan:

Audrina tries to workout every day of the week. Sometimes she’ll have a personal trainer help her out, other times she’s on her own. 3 days a week she focuses on circuit training infused with strength training like lunges, squats, push-ups, and free weights. On other days she focuses on cardio, like doing swimming laps, hiking, or running (http://skinny-is-my-goal.tumblr.com/AudrinaP)

After reading the above regimen, she appears to follow healthy habits, however, it was underlined that this reality star on the Hill’s actually takes a weight loss supplement.

*diet supplements:Phentermine Adipex

Phentermine adipex works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite.The hypothalamus is the region of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, regulating sleep cycles, body temperature, appetite, etc (http://www.phentermine.com/what_is_phentermine.htm),

The following are likely side effects:

More common symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Sense of well-being
  • Tiredness

Less common to rare symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Change in sexual desire
  • Clumsiness
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Psychosis
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Stomach pain
  • Tiredness
  • Unpleasant taste

Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. If you notice any other side effects, please inform your doctor.

Possible overdose symptoms:

Confusion Convulsions (seizures)
Dizziness Fast Breathing
Fever Hallucinations
Hostility with urge to attack Irregular blood pressure
Irregular heartbeat Lightheadedness or Fainting
Mental Depression, following a period of excitement Tremors, Trembling, or Shaking
Overactive Reflexes Panic
Restlessness Severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
Stomach crampsOuch, that is quite the liability for such a tiny pill. When first reading this blog it seemed like the reality star’s diet was flawless, it seemed nutritiously balanced with all the essential vitamins and minerals, however delving deeper I uncovered a weight-loss drug I haven’t heard of; though not illegal, this drug contains deadly side effects and isn’t worth the risk. Beauty might be pain, but to reach the glamourized ideal of thiness is not worth the effects. Tiredness or Weakness 

The Slim Fast Diet

The Slim Fast Diet consists of the “3-2-1” plan; 3 snacks a day, 2 shakes/meal bars a day, and 1 meal a day. The ideology behind this diet isn’t so bad, it shows the importance of portion sizes as well as eating consistently throughout the day. However, its ingredients may not be so natural, and though the regimen aims for about 1200 calories a day, do these shakes and snack bars actually contain the right amount of vitamins?

If the regimen is followed correctly, the diet does in fact incorporate all the the essential vitamins and minerals. Each protein shake and meal bar contains 1/3 of the recommended vitamins and minerals as well as about 180 calories. This diet plan includes six small meals spread throughout the day.

To go into further detail, it is recommended to have a shake/meal bar for breakfast and lunch, to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable as a snack both between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner, and to have a balanced, veggie-packed dinner. Though this diet may seem convenient for someone always on the go, it shouldn’t be used as a long-term diet lifestyle.

This program should be maintained for a handful of weeks until the individual becomes accustomed to smaller portions and a more routine eating habit. In addition, the more cost efficient way would be to make your own protein shakes and adding more fruits and vegetables with every meal rather than buying the Slim Fast shakes; this way would also ensure less preservatives and weird sounding ingredients.

Overall, the concept of portion control is good, but the fallout rate of this diet increases as time passes. Slim Fast claims it was not intended for celebrities (though Whoopi Goldberg has been said to try it) but was instead intended for people who didn’t have time to plan or cook their meals. However, if thick paste-like shakes aren’t your thing, I would stick to more organic alternatives and hit the gym a few times a week.

The Secret’s Out

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The Victoria’s Secret Diet:

Despite my attempts to find their secret diet regimen I couldn’t, these angels actually follow a fairly healthy routine:

According to Adriana Lima’s diet and fitness coach, he recommends eating a balanced diet filled with lean proteins and an abundance of fruits and veggies. The majority of the models eat a balanced breakfast consisting of egg whites, whole wheat toast, and a piece of fresh fruit. On the occasion he encourages having a breakfast smoothie packed with fruits and soy protein (the smoothie”recipe of the day” is listed on the right side bar of this page!). He encourages snacking every three hours throughout the day and insists on a light dinner that contains a lean protein such as fish or grilled chicken.

Staying hydrated is his number one rule. Indulging your body with water and herbal tea is said to have glowing side affects; shiny hair, clear skin, and a more awake radiance. Your body functions better when it is running at optimum, that means keeping it filled with the proper nutrients. Eating every three hours ensures the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestine which aids in the absorption of vitamins and nutrients. In order to metabolize food, your body needs food.

Each model has been said to follow a variety of diet plans, including the “South Beach Diet, The Portion Control Diet, and the “New York Body Plan Diet.” However, all of these diets consist of the same principals- a balanced diet that consists of whole foods and minimizes processed foods. You can call it what you want, but these “diets” are actually nutritiously balanced and encourage the recommended serving sizes as well as a healthy range of caloric intake.

Along with eating a healthy diet plan, these angels workout about five times a week. Hitting the gym 3-5 times a week is recommended for everyone. Doing a 30 minute cardio session increases academic performance, lowers risk for heart disease, lowers blood pressure, improves brain function, and over all betters health and a higher quality of life. Healthy lifestyle habits include participating in a lifetime physical activity program (Adriana likes boxing!), not smoking cigarettes, eating right, avoiding over snacking, maintaining a recommended body weight, getting enough rest, lowering your stress levels (meditating), being wary of alcohol, and surrounding yourself with healthy relationships. (Hoeger).

So, in the end I guess there is no secret. Being healthy and achieving weight loss is as simple as making the right food choices and adopting a healthier, more balanced regimen.

 

The Cayenne Pepper Diet

The Cayenne Pepper Diet; that sounds promising. According to Beyonce, this diet helped her lose 20 pounds in preparation for her starring role in Dream Girls. This concoction of lemon juice, water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper is a detox diet that is suppose to help people lose weight. It’s quite simple, you mix the listed ingredients and drink this delicioius drink six times a day along with a laxative tea at night, and BAM you’re 20 pounds lighter….

Alright, so basically after you starve yourself for the recommended 4-14 days of “fasting” with this drink you can ease back into “normal” food. But what does your body go through during this two week process?

First off, maple syrup consists only of sugar, lemon juice has trace amounts of the necessary vitamins, and cayenne pepper, well I wouldn’t suggest drinking it straight up. This diet plan states the obvious “if you don’t eat you’ll lose weight” (at first). So, let’s take a look at the side-affects of starving yourself:

“During the fast, you can expect to feel hungry, and may experience headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sluggishness, diarrhea, nausea, or constipation” (WebMD). During starvation periods, your body relies on basic instincts to survive, it needs water and the majority of weight loss in the first week will be mostly water mass. Secondly, your body needs fuel, that being said it starts to break down muscle in order to get protein, in the end you lose muscle and water mass, not the fat mass you wanted to lose.

Also, while on this diet, it would be extremely hard to exercise, never mind staying awake during work. Cognitive function slows down; your brain uses about 25% of your calorie intake. If we do the math for a normal 1600 calorie diet, your brain consumes 400 calories-that’s even if you skipped organic chemistry. So, if you limit yourself to about 200 calories a day on the Cayenne Pepper Diet, your brain will only be consuming about 50 calories (that could possibly have embarressing side affects).

Binging for a handful of days often leads to a purging period- aka eating everything in sight! These kind of detox diets often lead to weight regain as well as a negative relationship toward food. They are unsustainable and practice dangerous dieting methods. They encourage you to eat 1/8 of the daily recommended caloric intake as well as about 1/50 of the recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals.

I know the idea of losing 10 pounds one week before a big event is something I’ve even strived for, but eating a healthy, balanced diet and increasing aerobic activity is a much better alternative than restricting yourself of the very nutrients that actually help you lose weight and stay healthy.

Alli- The Weight Loss Supplement

As one of the most well-advertised weight-loss supplement, Alli has managed to catch millions of people’s attention and consumer’s demand. Containing 60mg of the active ingredient Orlistat (Xenical), Alli claims to help you lose “two pounds for every three pounds” lost in comparison of a regular diet. But what exactly is Orlistat?

Orlistat is the weaker dosage of the prescription-drug Xenical (Xenical is prescribed to patients with a BMI greater than 30). This FDA approved drug blocks lipase in the digestive track from breaking down fat. Since the fat molecule is too large to be absorbed in the intestine, it is released as a whole and is not absorbed by the body. However, this drug includes some serious side effects.

Some studies have indicated a link between Alli and liver damage. Symptoms while taking this drug include loss of appetite, upset stomach and cramping, nausea, yellowing of the eyes or skin, and oily stool.

In one study, conducted by Donald D. Hensrud, M.D. of preventative medicine and nutrition specialist, patients using this drug only lost 5-7 pounds more in a one year diet than those with diet alone. Alli is intended to be used with a low-calorie, low-fat diet as well as exercise (don’t 95% of diets include the same restrictions?). The patient is encouraged to consume no more than 15 grams of fat per day, if more than that is consumed the side effects are felt.

Lets take a closer look at what it means to block the enzyme lipase. Lipase breaks down fat molecules so that they can be absorbed by the intestine- this includes all fat! Saturated, unsaturated, and trans-fat are all included .A highly misconstrued fact is that fat should be avoided in a healthy diet. However, this myth is untrue, fat is essential in the diet. It protects nerve endings, promotes healthy hair and skin, as well as protection around visceral organs (yeah, they left that part out when advertising Alli).

To sum that up, if you eat a Big Mac from McDonald’s you will feel the same side effects as you would if you ate peanut butter and a slice of provolone cheese. A Big Mac contains 29 grams of fat, and two tablespoons of peanut butter and a slice of provolone cheese combined has about 24 grams of fat; pretty close! But if you were to ask someone what sounds healthier, chances are they would pick the latter choice. And they are right! The fat found in peanut butter contains the healthy monosaturated fats, which help promote weight loss, contain Vitamin E, antioxidants, and have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Peanut butter also does not contain cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease. Big Mac’s on the other hand contain all three types of fat as well as HDL, the bad cholesterol.

That being said, not getting enough of the essential fats in the diet can have some ugly effects. For instance, half the vitamins needed to live healthy are fat-soluble. Without fat your body cannot absorb these essential vitamins. I’m not going to get into what would happen if your body doesn’t get the vitamins it needs, the list would go on forever! So, in the end would it really be worth risking your body’s health by taking a “fat-blocking” supplement rather than just eating a healthy diet?

 

“Our bodies are our gard…

A model life

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”
William Shakespeare

From the cayenne pepper diet to the Atkin’s diet– why is the word “diet” so glamorized? As Americans we spend an average of over $1 billion combined yearly on weight-loss supplements and diet plans. But is all of this money spent to achieve this “social norm” necessary?

There is no right answer. However, the intention of this blog is to inform you about the possible side effects of fad diets. I not only will be updating my followers about the diet books I read, but I will be self-experimenting a couple of these newly trending diets. Dieting not only affect your physical state, but they affects all other areas of wellness; including mental, emotional, spiritual, social, occupational, and environmental factors.

I will be researching archives and comparing fad diets with national health guidelines as well as exploiting both the positive and negative side effects of each. In addition to side effects I’ll also be posting inspirational quotes and glamorizing the effect that a balanced diet and lifestyle’s impact have on health and over all well-being.