A new fad diet, 'The 100' takes aim at sugar - but does it work?

June 6, 2013

A new diet takes aim at sugar
A new diet takes aim at sugar

Every so often, you'll read in the media about a new "fad diet." Typically they are backed up by a doctor or scientist, and they often aim to allow individuals to lose weight without giving up the foods they love. The Atkins diet, for example, was a godsend for individuals who enjoy protein, as they were allowed to meat. While this and many fad diets often work for some people, it's always dangerous to sign up for any weight loss plan that is heavy on the gimmicks.

What is 'The 100'?
The latest fad diet to come about is known as '"The 100," according to ABC News. The program was developed by Jorge Cruise, author of a book that shares a name with the program. "The 100" is focused primarily on sugar, because the author says that calories from sweets are more dangerous and fattening than calories from other sources.

"It's all about the insulin," Cruise told the media outlet. "Everyone thinks weight loss is all about eat less, exercise more ... A calorie is a calorie, and as much as I love equality, I'm not abiding equality when it comes to calories. Not all calories are the same."

The core concept of "The 100" is that dieters are allowed to eat 100 of what Cruise called "sugar calories" each day. You can count sugar calories by looking at the carbs on a nutrition label and multiplying it by four. This means that certain healthy foods, would be off limits. Consider the apple, which has 20 carbs, and thus 80 calories. One serving of brown rice would actually put dieters over the daily limit.

Is it to be trusted?
While "The 100" may seem like the perfect solution to some, it's important to remember that even the best diet plans do not work for everyone. If you have serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes or a thyroid disorder, these fad diets might cause you more harm than good. Also, nothing replaces a healthy lifestyle with balanced nutrition and exercise. Your primary care doctor can also help you find a nutritionist or let you know if this diet would work for you.

Some people may find that after months of participating in a diet, whether that means counting calories or simply trying to exercise more frequently, they still are unable to shed pounds around certain parts of the body. The hips, stomach, thighs and buttocks can often hold on to stubborn pockets of fat, which is why some opt for liposuction, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

If you've managed to lose a significant amount of weight and notice loose skin or sagging areas on your body, a larger procedure like a lower body lift, tummy tuck or even post-bariatric surgery might be appropriate. The best idea would be to do some research online and then consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.


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