Crash and Burn Essay

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Crash or Burn There are many diets out there but which ones really do work? There are a lot of shows and commercials that sell the same message of rapid weight lose in a short amount of time but whom can you trust? The articles Health Eating & Dieting by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD sets out to answer these questions and more.
There are some negative stigmas against losing weight in such as short amount of time but Michael Dansigner, MD says nothing is wrong as long as it done right. Michael Dansigner is the medical doctor for the NBC’s The Biggest Loser show, which is all about dramatic weight lose. I must admit, at times I am a skeptic of shows like these.
Michael continues to say, “In theory, one could drop as much as 20 pounds in a week following a very ambitious eating and exercise plan, devoting more than seven hours per week to rigorous exercise, and under a physician's care like we do on the television program.”
The articles mostly focuses on how to lose weight fast so anyone can getting ready for that special occasion just two or three weeks away. “Having a goal to look great for a wedding or reunion can be great motivator, as long as you follow a weight loss plan that you can keep up after the special event.
The article makes losing weight seems so simple: “you’ll need to eat less and exercise more” and “losing weight is a simple mathematical formula: you need to burn more calories than you eat.” Most people have a lot of difficulties losing weight and staying on a plan. For people who weigh over 250 pounds, the articles suggest consuming around 1,050 to 1,200 calories and one hour of exercise a day will help to lose 3-5 pounds the first week.
A person’s calorie intake is really important. By eating enough protein you can minimize muscle loss and maximize fat loss. Limiting salt and starches from your diet gives you better results. “When you reduce sodium and cut starches, you reduce fluids and fluid retention, which can result in up to 5 pounds of fluid loss when you get started," explains Dansinger.
Dietitiian Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, author of The Flexitarian Diet, recommends eating plenty of low-calories vegetables to help feel full, drinking plenty of water so you don’t confuse hunger with