X Factor and Fad Diets

By: Ruddy Setiadi Gunawan

What is X Factor Diets? When most people did nott know the “name” they will call it “X Factor. Then what is X Factor Diet? You maybe ever heard of it but never know the truth..

X Factor Diet is actually on old idea that believes if we cutting off the carbs, it will help us bring blood sugar levels under our control and then reduce the amount of insulin released into cardiovascular system. Then our body will start burning up the energy stored as fat in order to make up for the difference in energy levels. By controlling insulin levels, the user can prevent the condition known as Syndrome X (insulin resistance), which diminishes the effect of insulin on fat and promotes obesity.

X Factor Diets have 2 programs, but both of those them are the same, high-protein and low-carbs diet. X Factor Diets often compared with Atkins diet. Many people in 20th century practiced Atkins diet, but these days, Atkins diet is no longer than just history. There are differences between X Factor Diet and Atkins diet. Atkins Diets promoted butter and fried foods, but X Factor said we should avoid them and focused on fish, eggs, chicken, and all high-protein foods. Two programs from X Factor Diets are Ketogenics plan and Insulin Balance plan.

First program, Insulin Balance plan advised us to eat more vegetables and fruits than Ketogenics plan. If you practice this X Factor Diet seriously, you can lose 4 or 8 pounds in the first 2 weeks if you are a woman, and if you are a man, you can lose 8 pounds or 12 pounds, even 16. But however, X Factor Diets (like Atkins Diet) are not very healthy for you. Report says you need to split the intake of calories between fat 35%, protein 15%, and carbs 50%.

Now, let’s talk about fad diets. Usually the first thing people do when they finally realize they are fat, they will panic and look for the fastest way to lose weight. Very risky and big mistake, I must say. There is no “quick fix” for your weight problem.. In internet, we can find many people promised us quick-rich scheme but the truth says all of them are scammers. Same problem with diets, so many people promised you the quick way to lose weight, but you should be careful.

Usually most of fake weight loss tips are telling you to replace fat with water. So you need to drink a lot of water to replace your fat in your body. Weird, because you’re trying to lose fat, so then you should focus on how to “lose fat”. Then how to lose fat? Do not eat too much fat (but you still need them) and start your exercises. Do not ever forget exercises, it is important to burn fat.

The biggest problem is that quick weight loss schemes can turn into a vicious circle. The more muscles mass one has, the faster your body metabolism and very little of the food intake gets to be stored as fat in your body.

But if your diet makes you lose muscle mass, then your metabolism will slows down and the accumulated fat is burned slower, you don’t want it, I believe. As you can see, a bad diet is never a good idea because you will even lose weight harder than ever. You will always need to eat, whatever you do with your diet. Starving yourself is not part of “real diet”.

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