When you're looking to lose weight fast it can be easy to get caught up in diets that promise you quick and easy results. But a lot of these don't work and, in fact, can be quite dangerous. The next time you are searching for the perfect diet, take these five facts into consideration.




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Detox diets simply don't work. In fact, there is no evidence that toxins build up in our bodies. If there was, we would feel ill all the time. These diets work on the basis that if you remove certain foods from your diet you will cleanse your body. But restricting food for a short time is simply modifying your diet. You need to find a healthy diet that you can stick to for a long period of time.




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 The 5:2 diet refers to eating normally for five days a week and fasting on the other two days. But if you do this for a long period of time it results in an unbalanced diet and can be bad for your health. While you may see a weight loss immediately, it is best to lose weight gradually over a longer period of time. Skipping meals can also make you feel hungrier and make you eat more than you normally would when it's time to eat a meal.


Crash diet


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These diets will make you feel sick and will affect your day-to-day productivity. While they may reduce the number of calories you consume in a day, it will eventually lead to poor health. This type of diet can be hard to follow. Once you get tired of it, you will regain any weight you lost.


Cutting foods

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Some diets force you to restrict certain foods such as meat, fish, wheat or dairy. This can lead your body to lose important nutrients and vitamins it needs to work properly. Make sure the diet you choose includes all of the essential food groups to keep you healthy and energized.


Low carb


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Diets such as the Atkins diet force you to cut out carbohydrates such as pasta and bread, which all give your body energy. These types of diets are usually high in protein and fat, which can leave you feeling sick. Low-carb diets can also result in bad breath, headaches and constipation. Too much saturated fat can also raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.


Cookie diet


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This diet recommends eating high-protein and high fibre weight-loss cookies for breakfast, lunch and snacks and then eat a normal dinner. While you may lose some weight on this diet it won't work in the longterm. By the time dinner rolls around you will likely binge on unhealthy food.


The Five-Bite Diet


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This diet recommends you skip breakfast and then eat whatever you want, but only five bites of it. This diet simply does not give you the calories you need to get through a day.