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How to Find a Healthy Diet

(The following is based on an average adult
who is in generally good health.)

Dieters diet to be healthier or to at least look healthier.
Why diet using an unhealthy diet program?

Losing one pound of fat means 3500 extra calories have to be either eliminated from your normal diet, or burned off through extra exercise.

There are diets out there that say, "You can lose 30 pounds in 30 days." That's one pound per day.  The average person uses 2400 to 2800 calories per day to maintain their body weight.  How can they cut 3500 calories out of their diet when they are only consuming 2500 calories?  Do the math.       additional info.

A large person might be able to lose that much water weight but even then it is impossible to consistently lose one pound per day without severely dehydrating the body.  And, by the time the body recovers from this very dangerous state, the dieter will have gained all the weight back.

Compare any diet to the ranges shown below to see it it is healthy and safe.  Plans operating outside of these ranges should be questioned.   In my opinion, diet plans advertising weight losses in the yellow and red zones of this chart are trying to find gullible people who are just looking for a quick, easy fix to their problem-- people they know will never stick to the diet.

Recommended Range Caution Range Bad Range
Slow Ideal Good Fast Unsafe Danger Imposs.
Day 0.14 0.21 0.29 0.36 0.43 0.57 0.71 0.86
Week 1 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00
Month 4.3 6.45 8.60 10.75 12.90 17.20 21.50 25.80

Other Advice to Consider

1- Do not completely eliminate Fats, Carbohydrates, or Proteins from your diet.
2- Do not use synthetic, or man-made foods or food supplements exclusively.
3- Never go below 700 total calories per day unless instructed to and monitored

    by a responsible physician.
4- Always include water in your diet.
5- Always include exercise and rest in your diet plan.

A good diet teaches you how to eat the foods you will be eating after the diet.

Information prepared by Master Diet, Inc.
Copyright Master Diet, Inc. All rights reserved
Jan 1, 1998 - revised: May 05, 2007