Well, I am sorry to say that I have procrastinated once again because of a Spanish 3 project that I thought was due today, but was not. So, I ended up writing this paper at like midnight and ended around 1:30 a.m. and that right there is dedication. I should get a few extra points for that. Anyways, this rough draft is way, completely harder than I thought it would be. I must have jinxed it once again because my outline did not really help me, once again, or it might have been me. This rough draft is terrible, but it is basically what I had in mind all along. So, DO NOT JUDGE ME. At least I did it. You should give me credit for at least trying my best and getting it done. Read it if you wish, but like I said, DO NOT JUDGE ME. Not yet at least. Wait until my perilous final draft for the comments. J

Well, here is the terrible rough draft. You may laugh if you want. I know I did. Enjoy! :D

Well, look at this. My paper was reviewed by Jozey and Anna. You can look at it if you want. They are good reviewers. I just have to keep in mind their comments for the final draft.

Oh, look! Another comic! This one is not that funny, but I thought it was. I have a tendency to laugh at everything. I'm a freak, I know. :P


Consuelo Valladolid
Chris Tomlinson
Honors English I
May 14, 2010
Fad Diets
Fad diets come and go. That is why they are called “fad” diets. Someone promotes the fad diet saying that it worked and that individuals who try this diet lose those pesky pounds fast. Then, the people get interested in this and they try it for themselves. These diets do not work the same way for everyone. Some do lose the desired amount of fat, others only appear to their fat, and for others it might be difficult.
Fad diets have been around for quite a while, just in various diverse forms. Some diets tell the individual to eat specific foods, others say to eat specific combination of foods, or others might say that the foods should be eaten at a specific time. Most fad diets like the Atkin’s Diet require the consumer to eliminate certain foods in order to acquire the wanted results. In the Atkin’s Diet the individual is to cut down on carbohydrates. The Cabbage Soup Diet is an example of a diet that requires the person to consume mainly cabbage soup. An example of a diet that tells the individual the certain combinations of foods that need to be consumed is the Zone Diet. The Zone Diet states that the consumer could eat anything as long as it is in the 40/30/30 proportion. The Rotation Diet is an example of a diet in which the person must eat the food at a certain time.
These diets have been around since the 1800s claiming to reduce the unwanted weight. One of the diets first introduced as a fad diet was the vinegar and water diet where the consumer’s diet just included water and vinegar. People try these diets, but they do not note the risks that are involved in fad diets. Even though they seem like a good way to rapidly lose some weight, people should not try fad diets because they are costly, may not work, and cause many health problems.
Fad diets are not inexpensive. Some require the individual to invest a hefty amount of money. “Each year, Americans spend more than $30 billon fighting fat each year---often for gimmicks that do not work (“Fad Diets”).” Many individuals have the dilemma of investing a large amount of money only to get nothing back in return. These diets are not 100 percent sure. They may work or not. Regular people are not the only ones who have to do some spending. “The Government will spend $300,000 on a series of posters and brochures slamming dud diets (Kelly).” The Government does not approve of these fad diets. They are using $300,000 to show the consumers that they should be spending their money elsewhere, not gambling to lay off a few pounds. The government and the individuals are spending their money, but they do not get back anything in profit. The one profiting is the inventor of the fad diet. Both the government and the people are spending their money in a cause that may not work.
Some fad diets may appear to work to the individual and there is a catch. Low calorie diets rely on a “trick” to lose weight rapidly. When the body senses that it is almost starving, it reacts by throwing out water. Which means that the majority of the weight lost is water and not unwanted fat. “Many diet pills contain laxatives or diuretics that force a person’s body to eliminate more water (5 Ways to Spot).” These are just chemicals that make it look like the individual is getting close to the desired effect when in fact, they are basically starving themselves. “In fact, doctors say it’s nearly impossible for a healthy, normally active person to lose more than 2 to 3 pounds per week of actual fat even on a starvation diet (5 Ways to Spot).” The individual can only lose 2 to 3 pounds, so the rest of the weight lost is just water and not fat. “As many as 95 percent of people who lose weight gain it back within five years (“Fad Diets”).” All the water lost just comes back in a short while. When the pounds return, it is almost as if the person did not even try the diet in the first place. The consumer should not go through all that trouble, only to return back to how they were before the diet.
Not only do they not work, fad diets may be dangerous to an individual’s health. Fad diets could cause some diseases and unwanted side effects. Individuals not acquiring the right amounts of nutrients from the foods they eat could lead to complexities such as anemia and osteoporosis. “By cutting out key foods, fad diets have been known to cause: dehydration, weakness and fatigue, nausea and headaches, constipation, inadequate vitamin and mineral intake (“Fad Diets won’t”). These side effects are mainly caused by the diets that restrict certain foods, which derive you of many nutrients in the restricted foods that they eat. People should not risk their health by trying one of these diets. Researchers are still trying to find out if fad diets may cause long-term harm.
If you want to lose a few pounds, do not consider fad diets because they are pricey, appear to give the individuals the promised results, and may affect your health. “In 1980, 25 percent of adults in the United States were overweight. By 1991, this figure had risen to 33 percent, and by 2001, over 66 percent of the adult population were classified as overweight (“Fad Diets”). Fad diets may not be a big issue now, but with the obesity rate growing exponentially not just in the United States, in the world too, people must avoid these diets. If they whish to lose a few pounds, they should go to a doctor, so that they can recommend what is right for the individual. People should avoid this whole dilemma just by eating balanced meals and exercising, not just watching what is new on TV.