Everyone wants to stay in shape and new ideas of how to achieve this are always welcome. So what are the latest diet trends out there right now?

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Mono dieting.

Mono dieting is eating as much as you want of very limited foods. The bad news is that pizza isn’t one of them. If you restrict yourself to eating only bananas and beans or only tomatoes and brown rice then you’re not going to splurge too badly.

Mono dieting makes you realize that you often eat way more than you need to and that’s where extra weight is sneaking on. Studies have shown that the more choices you have on your plate the more you will overeat because you want to try everything.

One of the worst diet busters is the infamous buffet meal. You want to try all the fun stuff so much that whether you’re hungry or full isn’t even an issue!

If you’re not cut out for full on mono dieting just try and reduce the amount of variety you have in one meal. Variety in fruit and veg overall in your diet is a good thing but it turns out that variety on one plate isn’t helping your waistline.

Raising your metabolic rate.

If your metabolism is higher your body will burn more energy all day. As long as you don’t overcompensate with extra calories you should lose weight with a higher metabolism.

The key to boosting your metabolism is to eat 6 small, well balanced meals during the day. Keep protein high and fat very low.

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To further boost your metabolic rate you need to focus on short bursts of intense exercise and not long grueling workouts. If you work at a desk you should stand up and run on the spot or do jumping jacks once an hour. This is all about intensity and not calories burned while you’re exercising. Push as hard as you can for that time and your body should keep burning energy after you stop.

The new approach to carbs.

There have been many diets that promote low to no carbohydrates. However unless you have iron cast will power, which few people do, you fail eventually.

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Having a period of time where you gradually reduce carbs and then go back to normal for a while can be a better answer. There are lots of free programs online you can look up. This is different to carb cycling where the days you can have carbs are set in stone. In this case you just pick a week or so which is best for you and go low carb for that time.

Doing this for too long can lower your metabolism so make sure you go back to normal, healthy and balanced eating after your low carb stint. Use this as a method to drop some pounds quickly on an infrequent basis. It’s great before a holiday for example.

Many people prefer OTC products over prescription medications and home remedies. While occasional use of an OTC product may be harmless, depending on your particular situation, there can be dangers of taking OTC drugs all the time.

OTC Drugs Can Become A Habit

There is less likelihood of addiction to OTC drugs, but they can still be habit-forming. You can become dependent on the drug, and take it even when it is not necessary. You may find yourself taking the drug when you do not have symptoms, or to avoid symptoms. From OTC pain relievers to sleep aids, you can develop a habit.

Habitual Use Of OTC Drugs Can Harm Your Health

If you take OTC drugs consistently, it can cause health complications. As one example, if you take OTC laxatives regularly, it will start to interfere with your normal digestive processes. As a second example, frequent use of aspirin substitutes can harm your liver. Nearly any OTC drug can harm your health if you take it all the time.

OTC Drugs And Drug Interaction

Some people take the approach that if one OTC product is good, multiple OTC products are better. Even over-the-counter products can result in problems from drug interaction. If you also use prescription medication, the risk of drug interaction is even greater.

OTC Products Can Lose Their Effectiveness

Frequent use of OTC drugs can cause the drugs to be less effective. You may find yourself taking the drugs more often, or taking higher doses. If you take a higher dose than is recommended, you may become ill. From plain aspirin to laxatives, you may start to need more of the product to achieve results.

OTC Drugs Can Mask Serious Health Problems

Over-the-counter medications are meant for occasional use. They can relieve various symptoms and restore your health. However, if you find yourself relying on OTC drugs, the symptoms may be a sign of something more serious. You may be showing signs of a medical condition that requires professional treatment.

If you have an underlying condition, it is not in your best interest to simply relieve the symptoms with OTC drugs. Conditions can range from those that are easily treated to life-threatening health issues. Symptom relief should not be your main priority when you have a condition that could endanger your long-term health or your life.

OTC Drugs And Your Physician

If OTC drug use has become a habit, it is time to consult with your physician. Your doctor can perform an examination, evaluate your health, and recommend the treatment that is best for you.

It is in your best interest to have professional input if your use of OTC drugs has become excessive. You can avoid many unnecessary complications, and have the treatment that is right for your specific health issue.

Start by honestly assessing your use of over-the-counter drugs. If you find you are relying on a product on a regular basis, make an appointment with your doctor. It is the first, smartest step to better health.