Health plans will charge (rate up) more for monthly Health Premiums if you have a BMI of over 35 and might outright decline you if your BMI is over 40.  Even if losing 21 pounds in 21 days sounds like a swell idea it won’t help that much.  Why not?  Your weight must be stable for 12 months.  You may be thinking, well I’ll just get a High Deductible Health Plan.  Since I am willing to take more financial responsibility for my “build” they should insure me, right?  Wrong.  Insurance carriers are always looking for ways to avoid risk.  Here are some of the conditions and risks that overweight and obesi ty cause according to National Heart Lung and Blood Institute:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Abnormal Blood Fats
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Reproductive Problems
  • Gallstones

As you can see from the list obesity brings some tough conditions with it. Maybe a certain eating plan or diet could help.  Let’s take a look at some of the “diets” that are out there. This is from every diet.

  • Acai Berry Diet
  • Atkins
  • Cabbage Soup Diet
  • HCG Diet
  • Negative Calorie Diet
  • Low Fat diet
  • Low Carb diet
  • 3 Day Diet
  • Zone Diet
  • South Beach Diet
  • Tapeworm Diet….  are you nuts?
  • Grapefruit Diet
  • Hollywood Diet
  • Beverly Hills Diet
  • Fat Loss For Idiots
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

The American Dietetic Association warns that you should stay away from any diet plan that promises the following:

  • Loss of more than 1 pound a week.  Fast weight loss probably robs you of muscle and bone
  • Unlimited amounts of a certain food, while limits are placed on other foods
  • Lose more weight if you eat foods in specific combinations
  • Strict menu options, without any choices
  • Doesn’t promote exercise while dieting
  • Sounds too good to be true
  • Eliminates an entire food group such as carbohydrates or dairy
  • Bases evidence for effectiveness only on the quotes of other dieters

The ADA goes on to say, “While there are plenty of ways to lose weight, maintaining your weight loss over the long term is often unsuccessful.  If you’ve lost and found the same pounds several times before, it’s probably time to go back to basics of a healthy weight:

  • Prevention of weight gain or stopping recent weight gain can improve your health
  • Health can improve with relatively minor weight reduction (5 percent to 10 percent of body weight)
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle — eating smarter and moving more — can improve your health status even if you don’t lose any weight at all.

I would like to add… stay away from tape worms!