Saturday, July 25, 2009

What's So Great About Fat Burning Soup Diets Anyway?

Fat burning soup diets have been around for many years and are still used by Hollywood celebrities today. Popular fat burning soup diets such as the cabbage soup diet gained popularity in the 1980s when they were widely circulated by fax machine, although no person or organization has claimed responsibility for inventing the cabbage soup diet.

The idea behind fat burning soup diets is that you fill yourself with low-calorie soup and a few other foods, which vary from day to day. Some fat burning soup diets recommend following the diet for one week and then eating normally for two before restarting the process. It is claimed that the soup has fat-burning properties.

Another very similar fat burning soup diet is the Sacred Heart Diet which supposedly came from the cardiology department at Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital where it was used for overweight heart patients. However, the Sacred Heart Medical Center disclaims any association with the diet as does the Sacred Heart Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The American Heart Association has claimed that the diet is a phony.

What no-one tells you is that these fat burning soup diets often provide no more than 800 to 1,000 calories a day which is on the border line of a starvation diet, especially considering the body needs on average 1,500 to 2,500 calories to function properly. In other words, you won’t lose weight because of any magical foods in the fat burning soup but rather because you’re starving yourself.

When you eat too little in this manner your body will try and conserve all the energy it has, which means it will rather hold on to fat than use it for energy. Also such diets can leave you feeling week, dizzy and undernourished. Fat burning soup diets are low in protein, calcium and healthy fats and have high salt/sodium levels.

If you go on fat burning soup diet you are not going to have an adequate carbohydrate intake and you will suffer many of the same side effects as low-carb dieters. This includes cravings, tiredness, confusion, mood swings and much more. The large amounts cabbage in fat burning soup diets has also been reported to cause abdominal discomfort and excess gas.

These fat burning soup diets are often used for a quick way to drop pounds for a special event or due to health concerns. Fat burning soup diets claim that you will lose 10 to 17 pounds in the first week. However, this weight loss has been attributed to water weight, which will inevitably be regained, and also lead to loss of muscle tissue.

When you lose muscle this causes your body’s metabolism rate to decrease and future fat gain to be more likely. In fact, it has been shown that after following a very low calorie diet for one week, such as a fat burning soup diet, 30 per cent of the total weight loss is muscle, while the rest is fluid.

While it may be true that fat burning soup diets such as the Cabbage Soup Diet and the Sacred Heart Diet are effective in temporary and quick weight loss they are not safe and hinder your chances for losing fat long-term and keeping it off.

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