Persuasive Essay On Fad Diets

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Nowadays, it is uncommon that our actions come from our own will. Independence is rare and it can be seen in the everyday life, what should I eat? What should I wear? Is this okay? Do I look fine? What do you think? A tide of questions that is constantly flowing out of our mouths and into other’s ears and flowing back to us again along with critical feedback. We can’t live without this sea of outside opinions. We can only stay afloat in society when guiding our actions by preoccupying with what others think about us.
Once the media has gained control over the public’s mentality, it starts to take over their actions. Somehow, the media has the power to evoke people into doing whatever they propose. Provided with all sorts of offers from the media,
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The atkins diet, the military diet and the pineapple cleanse are just some examples of the great variety of ways to lose weight in a short period of time. As said before, fad diets do generate visible weight loss but they do not keep this weight off. They consist on a strict dietary regimen with almost no deviations permitted that lead to weight loss because the calorie intake is reduced (Sarafino). When calories are reduced, the body has no source of energy other than fat. It starts to burn all the extra fat located in the thighs and abdomen consequently reducing volume and weight. The thing is, when the body has burned great amounts of fat and the dieter keeps using the diet, the dieter enter ketosis. Ketosis is a type of starvation mode in which the body can’t keep on burning fats because lacks sugars and calories (Wells). When in ketosis, the body weakens, and starts using energy from the inside organs. As the body is weakened, many other health complications arise; kidney failure, heart disease, liver disease, osteoporosis, and strokes in between many others

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