By: Dr. Ojen Masrour on January 3, 2017
Millions of Americans resolve to lose weight at the beginning of a New Year. Determined to finally find a method for safe, simple, and inexpensive weight loss, countless men and women in Los Angeles turn to fad diets to work miracles. Unfortunately, the vast majority of Southern Californians who attempt a fad diet such as the Paleo Diet, the Atkins Diet, or the South Beach Diet, will not achieve sustainable weight loss. Worse still, you may inadvertently expose yourself to serious health risks.
Here's a look at some of the hidden dangers in fad diets:
The Paleo Diet calls for restrictions, or elimination of dairy, grains, and processed foods in lieu of nuts, meats and other food that caveman questionably subsisted on. Not only did U.S. News and World Report place the Paleo Diet last in a recent "Best Diets" list, it's also worth noting that the average lifespan of cavemen was not particularly enviable. Even worse, legitimate and serious health risks may be realized by adhering to the Paleo Diet, including diabetes and heart disease (on account of the emphasis on fatty foods). Furthermore, the Paleo Diet restricts or prohibits a lot of healthy items, including grains and legumes, which are essential to eat a balanced diet.
South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet is by design, expected to be followed for life. That's right, it's a lifelong diet plan. Although it is not nearly as restrictive in the long term as the Paleo Diet or the Atkins Diet, this multi-phase diet requires that you avoid all breads, rice, pastas, and anything else which has "bad carbohydrates." For specific periods of time, certain types of dairy along with vegetables including beets, carrots, and corn must be avoided. Likewise, bananas, pineapples and other healthy fruits are to be avoided. The danger in sticking to a high protein and low carb diet include the potential to develop kidney problems, high cholesterol, and ultimately heart disease.
In short, the Atkins Diet advocates far too much animal protein. With evidence pointing to a link between multiple diseases and cancer, which can be correlated to overconsumption of animal proteins, the Atkins Diet just doesn't make sense. Any diet which eliminates all fruit, or starchy vegetables but allows for all the bacon you want is also sure to result in nutritional deficiencies, which can cause myriad and serious health problems.
Safe, Medically Supervised, Affordable Approach To Weight Loss in Southern California
First Line Therapy is a proven weight loss strategy, that is often covered by health insurance, and is available through Healthy Transformations, A Lifestyle Medical Group in West Hills, CA. Unlike fad diets, which can cause serious health risks, First Line Therapy is not even a diet, let alone a fad diet. It is a lifestyle change, which incorporates:
Science-Based Nutritional Advice
Simple Eating Plan
First Line Therapy offered by Board Certified Ojen Masrour, MD at Healthy Transformations includes medically supervised weight loss, along with nutritional testing performed at our West Hills, CA office. Through identifying any deficiencies, losing weight becomes not just inexpensive and easy, but safe as well. Nutritional deficits can often be corrected via natural supplements or vitamin injections available in our office.
When you're ready to lose weight simply, safely, and affordably, contact us
to schedule a consultation to learn more about First Line Therapy. First Line Therapy is likely covered by your PPO health insurance plan, and is often covered by Medicare.
As a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Dr. Masrour, founder of Healthy Transformations based in West Hills, CA does not limit his practice to traditional western medicine. His practice includes a focus and sub-specializations in weight loss, functional medicine, diabetes, cardio-metabolic risk reduction, preventative medicine, and men's and women's health. Dr. Masrour is only committed to one goal: partnering with patients in Southern California to implement a healthy lifestyle now, to ensure wellbeing for years to come. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Masrour. We can always be reached at 818- 702-9962.