Mono Diets: Fast, Unhealthy Weight Loss

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Mono Diets: Fast, Unhealthy Weight Loss

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Everyone wants ‘Fast Weight Loss’, regardless of how long it took them to gain weight. Due to this high demand, there are many short terms fixes using extreme & often unhealthy methods for ‘fast weight loss’ that do not give you actual fat loss, only water loss. So, once you return to your normal lives, the weight gain comes back with a vengeance. One of these is commonly known as Mono-Diets or mono food diet plan.

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Mono Food Diet Plan means that you will only eat one kind of food each meal. That means one kind of food only every meal for you to maximize the nutrients that you can get. Mono diets revolve around Food Groups- high protein group (meats and fish), high vitamin group (vegetables and fruits), high fat group, and high starch group (cereals or starches-bread and pasta). These are the major food groups are your choice for your Mono Diet Plan. For example you will be advised to eat fruits exclusively on the first day, only vegetables on the second day, meat on the third day and cereals or starch sources on the fourth day, and so on. (Note: This is only an example. Please do not follow this diet plan)

The healthy rate of weight loss is recommended to be 2 kg per month. Losing more weight puts an extra strain on your body, and requires drastic measures, that can have possibly unhealthy consequences. At 2 kg per month of healthy weight loss from a proper weight loss plan, most or all of the weight loss will come from fat loss. Read here about the difference between weight loss & fat loss.

With these kinds of diets, they claim to help you lose 5-8 kg a month. But those significant weight loss results, are due to rapidly depleted muscle and liver glycogen stores that facilitate water loss. With 75% of your body composed of water, its easy to lose weight this way. But once you stop this diet and return to a normal diet, your weight will bounce back. Besides this, with reduced hydration levels and muscle in your body, your metabolic rate reduces, thus reducing the calories burned by your body.

That’s why its important to follow a proper balanced weight loss plan that includes both diet & exercise. So, it can help you target fat loss. Further, if you follow mono diets for a long period of time, it can affect your health negatively:

- Overall decrease in energy levels as these diets alters usual patterns of eating.
- According to Journal of American College of Nutrition, high animal protein intakes leads to higher risks for heart disorders, cancer also higher risks for osteoporosis (bone weakening) and renal disease.
- A reported side effect of these diets is that it is supposed to give a headache.
- The diets are not balanced so leads to nutrient deficiencies like vitamins (A, D and B complex) and minerals ( calcium and iron)
- Depression and fatigue is common as these diets are not based on healthy eating habits accompanied by regular exercise.

So, don’t torture yourself with unhealthy diets. Get some exercise, eat balanced and lose weight the healthy way.

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20 Responses to “Mono Diets: Fast, Unhealthy Weight Loss”

  1. Josh says:

    okay, so I know almost everything there is to know about losing weight effectively. I love to give advice to people on how to lose weight. Am I in good shape? Hellz no! I am 50 lbs overweight and 21 years old in college. I know all this stuff about losing weight, yet I cannot apply to myself. Why am I not strong enough to do this? I can barely resist eating. I love food so much. Taco bell, pizza, quesadillas, hot pockets, cola, the list goes on. I am addicted to food, I eat when I’m not hungry because I crave the taste of it. I have asked for the strength to resist these temptations but to no avail. It seems hopeless that I will ever be average weight. I dont’ need weight loss advice per se…I need ways to become strong enough to resist my strongest temptations…any suggestions?
    I should mention that I do get up off my butt and try to stay active, I’m not that lazy, it’s just that the amount of calories I am able to consumer is far more I can burn off at my activity level, in the shape I am in, I can’t do extremely heavy workouts, in fact running hurts my legs, any kind of weight training will deal a lot of pain, right now, I basically try to walk a lot, because it’s basicall what I can do right now without noticing bad side effects.

  2. itskind2bcruel says:

    You need to go to therapy to find out what the underlying cause may be. it has to be more than a craving…maybe a hormone imbalance or something medically or mentally out of whack. you need to start exercising and eat fresh fruits/vegies, berries and fiber when you want to eat the junk food. occupy your time with reading, walking, hanging out with friends, etc. attend church. having God on your side always helps.

  3. oystergirl says:

    I have a few medical conditions that prevent me from exercising as much as I would like and I take medication that makes me put on weight.

    I have put on a little bit of weight lately and just wanting to get rid of it but have tried cutting down on fatty foods etc and exercising more but nothing is helping!!

    Wanting some tips on weight loss – Stuff that actually works!!

  4. ak_az_vm says:

    Here is a place that reviews a bunch of weight loss programs, dieting aides, supplements and so on. The site even has categories like diabetes, low fat and hypnosis. Pretty cool site.

    http://www.reviewplace.com/cat-135-DietsWeightLoss–Top-10-Weight-Loss-Programs.html

    Many of the programs listed have consumer reviews, so you can read what others think of the different products and programs before you decide on one for yourself.

    Hope this helps!

  5. Hailey says:

    I want to lose 20 – 30 pound by the beginning of November. I need to know what foods to eat. I will be going and walking/running everyday after school as well.

    I’m 5’9 i have a large body frame. I weigh somewhere around 190.
    The healthy weight range for my height is 150 – 170.

    Any tips on how to maximize my weight loss in that amount of time. Thanks.

  6. PlayingNice says:

    you need to do 200 minutes of cardio a week. Remember fat does not turn into muscle, so you need to lose your fat while putting on muscle. The 45 minute thing is not true, but don’t over 60 minutes at a time.

    Do 5-10 minutes of cardio to warm up, then do your weight training. Do 30 to 60 minutes more of cardio, then go home.

    The best time to eat is just after your workout within an hour when your metabolism is raging. For your muscles, incorporate some isolated soy protein or whey protein. Whey is more potent but the soy tastes better!

    Don’t look at your scale as the be all and end all, but get a measuring tape to check your progress, and that will show more tangible results.

    Good luck and stick at it.

  7. CharlesZacharydue9/10/09 says:

    well i have hypothyroidism and its hard to lose weight-and i recently got the depo provera shot and since then i have gained twenty pounds-i cant really workout alot cause i had knee surgery and i havent regained full capability of my knee-so i cant run an di cant do much-i am on levothyroxin for my thyroid, occassional combivent-and i am a college student and i work like one day a week for five hours-what weight loss pills or supplemens would you suggest?

  8. Charly says:

    Get off Depo. It is dangerous and completely messed my hormone levels up. I was having menopausal symptoms at only 23!

    When I switched to a different birth control the weight started coming off on its own…

  9. noodle_stupot says:

    I am going to be going to a cool party in 7 weeks its a pool party and I want to drop some weight and look awsome in a nice designer back less and side less bathing suit or a cute piece but I need help I need to do what ever I can do I have a gym membership so i can work out. I just need to know what pills food and work outs can i do to have rapid weight loss plus i want to be the hot girel all guys at boot camp want

  10. Jamie says:

    Diet wise, you know, no junk. no processed food.

    * Instead of having 3 large meals in a day, have 5-6 small meals. Make sure to keep a gap of 2-3 hours between two consecutive meals. It will help speed up your metabolism and result in burning of more calories. Have protein, carbs & fat in a 40/40/20 percentage.
    * Drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day. The more you increase your water consumption, the better it is.
    * Never ever skip meals or eat too less in order to lose weight. It will only make your metabolism slower, resulting in an even slower burning of calories.
    *check out this site to determine how many calories you need daily to sustain you weight – then eat less.
    http://www.exrx.net/Calculators.html

    Check with the gym trainers on food supplements like whey protein.

    Now I know you want a quick fix, too, and a pill that helps burn fat. Try Hydroxycut. Worked for me, but it’s not cheap & can wreak havoc with your system.

    That said, there’s a cardio training regimen called High-intensity interval training (HIIT). You sprint & walk. Can take only 15/20 minutes a day, 3/4 times a week. It is the current best way to raise your metabolism & burn fat. Here’s a site that describes it in detail.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intens

    Also, to help tone that tummy try core exercises. A coupla sites:
    http://www.usd.edu/track/Bug's%20folder/
    http://orgs.jmu.edu/strength/JMU_Summer_

  11. kendram says:

    Weight Loss?
    I Had a child on June 28th. I am 5’2 and the day i had him i weighed 195 lbs ( i gained ALOT OF WEIGHT, i started out 130 lbs!) i now weigh 150 lbs. I go to the gym 4x per week i do 30 mins of cardio per day. I only drink water and i eat healthy. Any ideas or supplements people have tried with results. I have 20 more pouds to lose!

    i forgot to put that i have a personal trainer. I dont just do cardio i have a reg. workout routine too. Hiowever Ive been stuck in a rut i havent lost any more weight in a month

  12. Hanser says:

    You seem to be doing good!

    The basics to losing weight is really so simple.

    Burn up more than you take in.

    So, eat healthy; like you’re doing, and drinking a lot of cold water.

    Exercise as oftn as you can. Weights are ok, but more cardio.

    Don’t eat fried foods. Don’t use butter/margerine…that kind of stuff. Stay away from dressings and the ‘fatty’ stuff.

    Your stomach will shrink and you won’t feel as hungry. You have to train it the way you do anything with your body. I think you’re doing great. Keep yopur food portions small, eat a little more frequently maybe, but keep the overall intake low.

    Good luck I think you’re well on your way, and I applaud you for your diligence!
    :)

  13. p.richards96 says:

    I’m in my late teens and I’m trying to loose weight. I’m 5’7” and was at 211 lbs before I started my changing my diet. I’ve been doing that since January 6th..I am currently at 192lbs..oh yes! I’ve still got a lot to do but I could use some encouragement. How’s my weight loss progressing?

  14. OhMyGod! says:

    marvelous! i will post this question to my wife and tell how the young people are taking good care about their health! may u loss more weight and gain more inner peace and beauty!
    good luck and good going!

  15. Leo says:

    I want to detoxify my body and loss weight healthily and rapidly. I want to lose 90 lbs by the end of the year.

  16. Hanser says:

    I did fatloss4idiots diet plan and I lost about 50 pounds in not even 3 months. And I’ve kept it off for almost 2 years now. I found it to be the easiest diet because it pretty much told you what you could and couldn’t eat and you didn’t have to count points or anything like that. What I lost really isn’t typical for the amount of time I did it but I know others who have done it and they got really good results from it as well.

    http://beam.to/revealweightlossfact

  17. Hanser says:

    I am 20 years old. 5’1 and 122 lbs. I have recently gained this weight. I used to be around 105lbs. I am planning to go on a juice diet as well as an exercise plan put to speed up this process I want to substitute a eight loss product or a fat burner…hydroxy cut… I want to get back to my old weight this month. Please tell me what will be the best product for my plan.

  18. Hanser says:

    try a hunger suppressent cuz exercise causes u to waant to eat more this will help with the cravings after a workout

  19. Hanser says:

    I want to lose about 50 pounds and I am worried about having saggy skin after losing the weight. I’ve already lost 10 pounds in two weeks. I want to lose about 40 more pounds. That said, how much weight loss would cause me to have sagging skin? Is there anything I can do to avoid having saggy skin after I lose this weight?

  20. Grace says:

    Don’t just lose weight, also define your muscles (pilates helps for that and it doesn’t make you look bulky). I think you would have to lose a lot of weight at one time for your skin to get saggy.