Like many Americans, I am now determined to lose weight. Rather than a short-term fix, I wish to create a life style change that I can live with. Researching weight loss schemes, gimicks, and plans on the web, a person could get dizzy trying to make sense of what works and what is doomed to fail.
Here are two weight loss plans that do not appear to work very well and why:
Atkins Diet – I once taught at the same school with a gentleman who tried this diet. He had to eat mostly or all proteins and cut the carbs. I remember thinking that there was not enough meat dishes that I liked so much that I could almost exclusively follow that diet long term. He, on the other hand, enjoyed meat. He seemed to really enjoy this diet and envisioned being hugely successful in reaching his weight loss goals.
He did indeed lose massive amounts of weight and looked really good. He transferred schools at the end of the year. Two years later, he and I intended the same teacher in-service. Not only had he gained his old weight back, he looked like he had put on an additional fifty or more pounds. He looked bloated, in fact.
My conclusion: He obviously could not sustain the diet long-term. Knowing that once you go off this diet, you not only will gain back the pounds lost, you will gain many new pounds, the key question is: What’s the point of beginning any weight loss regime if you cannot follow that diet for the rest of your life?
Checking WebMD, the American Dietetic Association has concerns about this diet. The director of the general clinical research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver suggests that long-term, this diet could contribute to diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and bone loss. Other concerns are expressed in their article as well. To read for yourself, click WebMD.
In case this diet might be ideal of you, click Atkin’s Diet for more information.
Sensa – I saw an ad for Sensa. It sounded too good to be true. You simply sprinkle a packet of Sensa on the food you plan to eat, just like you would salt or pepper. They have sweet Sensa to sprinkle on any sweet food you wish to eat like ice cream. They have salty Sensa to sprinkle on pizza or any other non-sweet food you wish to eat. This packet will not change the flavor of the food; however, it will signal your brain that you are full. Therefore, their claim is that as a result of having this aid for portion control, many people have lost an average of thirty pounds in six months. They even have a thirty-day free trial you can try by only paying a small shipping charge. Click SENSA for more information and to watch their video ad.
I was definitely tempted to try this; however, I noticed they did not mention how much it would cost monthly once the trial had ended. Plus, I wondered what other people who had tried this plan experienced. I also wanted to know if this was just one more of the weight loss scams. I went to Google and typed in “Sensa, scam” to see what I might find. One of the top sights is called “Henry the Health Hound, Protecting you against Online Health Scams.”
To paraphrase his conclusions: He states that the peer reviewed study supporting their claims about losing thirty pounds in thirty days did not actually take place or at least not by the group they credited. Several people who signed up for the free offer plus $4.95 shipping actually got charged $89 or double $89. He also stated that those people had a hard time getting their money back; therefore, it sounds like their customer service is not very cooperative. One person even got serious health issues as result of using these crystals. You can read his whole article and read people’s comments by clicking Henry the Health Hound.
WebMD published an article about Sensa called “The Truth About Sensa.” Apparently, this ‘Sprinkle Diet’ is made of maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, carmine, soy, and milk. After sprinkling these crystals on your food and smelling this combination, your brain is tricked into believing you are full. All in all, they urge people to avoid using Sensa, which is quite expensive, and stick to more traditional diets. Click WebMD to read their complete article.