Students determined to shed pounds

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Students are ready to start the summer season and show off their bikini’s, muscles and more.

However, obesity is an epidemic that is sweeping the country according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The media makes visible a nationwide obsession with the latest diet plans and exercise regimens, and some people even resort to fasting in an effort to shed pounds.

Amber Green, A&M Commerce student, plans to stop eating everything but fruit and vegetables.

“I am bound and determined to lose weight. All I am having is an apple, an orange and a protein shake a day for as long as I can. Angelina Jolie does it,” Green said.

Green once tried to go without eating any carbohydrates or protein. She survived on salads. She then became shaky and had to be taken to the hospital to get urgent care. She had no energy.

Scientists are finding a way to identify unhealthy diets. According to HealthDay News, people who are eating a poor quality diet can be identified by a simple urine test.

The food pyramid is what many doctors want people to follow. Unfortunately, many people attempting to diet do not get all the nutrients they need.

Constantly-on-the-run college students find it easy to go to McDonalds or Jack in the Box for a quick, easy and cheap meal.

“It’s faster to drive through Jack in the Box than to go in some place healthier like Subway,” TJC student Johnny Martin said.

Jenny Craig is a heavily advertised weight loss program. Actress Valerie Bertinelli dropped 40-plus pounds on the Jenny Craig program along with working with a personal trainer. Portioned meals and exercise was the diet she chose.

Ally is another commonly-known diet.

Doug Mullin, owner of American Mortuary in Dallas said, “I will never take Ally again.”

Ally is known for loosening your intestines and letting waste flow uncontrollably.

With so many options on the market and conflicting messages from both the media and health authorities, college students might find it difficult to figure out which diet plan to attempt.

A physician is the best person to ask about a healthy diet for each type of person. There are also many diets and recipes online to help people find the most suitable diet plan for themselves.

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