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Healthy life can beachieved in only a few methods, while destroying that same health might happen inmany ways, so therefore, people should be cautious when it comes to maintaining ahealthy state of their bodies and minds. Fortunately, it is not so difficult tolive healthy although there are some basic principles that have to be honored.

Diets

First thing that most of usthink of when diet is mentioned is starvation. But that is not what diet isactually about. Reducing the number of calories forces the body to turn toother energy sources, and those include already existing fat tissue. Theproblem is that, if a diet is too strict a body also depletes proteins, which resultsin reduced muscle mass. This means that a diet needs to be balanced in order to behealthy, which might prove to be a somewhat slow method of losing weight. Still, forthose who need quick results and who are ready to disregard what might happen to health, faddiets exists.

Fad

The most important faddiet statistic revolves around the number of days this type of diet may beused. Many will say that 7 is enough; a week of quick and effective dieting, whichwill reduce body mass (fat, proteins, everything). This might not be thehealthiest method for losing weight, but it is effective, and since it is shortand intake of calories is very small, there is a danger of returning the lostpounds fast, when normal eating habits return.

As for some examples,we will mention cabbage soup diet as one of the healthier fad diets. Healthiermeans there are a lot of vitamins and minerals in that soup, but people make a mistake and make soup for several days, which is not good. In this way,minerals and vitamins degrade and the nutrition value of the soup decreases. Itmight be a bother to make it each day of the diet, but that should last only aweek. The point of this diet is that you have three meals with soup as a snackand as something you can eat (or drink) as much as you want each time you feelhunger. It practically has no calories and it might be prepared to be a very tastymeal.

Another interestingand a few years back very popular diet is Atkins diet, which excludes carbsalmost completely from meals, with proteins as main nutrient (usually takenwith meat). No matter what diet isused, it has to be mentioned again that these are short-term diets, a lot ofpounds can be lost, but if not careful, those pounds can be gained backrelatively quickly.

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