What are Fad Diets?

It seems that a new diet craziness is brought about just about every week. From low-fat to low-carb to food combinations, diets come and go to magazines and best-seller lists. Some prove to be popular for a long time, but many go the way of the latest dance fad.

Furthermore, dietitians continue to provide the right advice they have been providing for years: We need to eat less to lose weight and exercise more.

Let's face it: we all know better than to keep falling because of every fad that comes along. So why are we still doing it?

What are Fad Diets?

They are diets that promise quick weight loss through an unbalanced and unhealthy eating plan. Fad diets do NOT teach a healthy lifestyle. Many of these plans tend to claim quick weight loss, but it in fact it is mostly through loss of body water compounding negative health effects. In many traditional medicines, like Ayurveda and Tibetan, food is medicine. When a person eats in a manner that is best for their unique needs, their body nourishes it to its full potential.

Most people who diet end up putting back weight and then some, winding up heavier than they were before they started a diet.

How to spot a Fad diet

How do you know you're looking at a fad diet? Typical signs include the following:

  • They promise a rapid loss of weight.

  • Removing other food groups or "bad foods."

  • Tells you that food needs to be properly combined to make proper digestion happen.

  • There is no need to exercise

  • Requires you to purchase dietary supplements that are impressively labeled as fat burners, weight loss aids and metabolism boosters.

  • Highlights particular foods such as grapefruit, maple syrup and lemonade or special soup.

Some people are developing a pattern called "yo-yo" or weight cycling, which is weight loss, weight gain, and then lose again. They have been repeating this pattern for many years. Some experts say cycling by weight is dangerous. The risk of developing such diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, may be increased. Weight cycling can interfere with your normal physiology and affect the caloric needs.

Short-term diets aren't as successful as following a healthy, balanced diet that you can maintain throughout your life.

The best way to ‘Diet’?

First by putting the word "diet" out of your brain. You want to make a lifestyle change that helps you to maintain a healthy weight by consuming nutrient-dense foods in the amounts right for your body from all the food groups. And you don't have to remove something completely-even an occasional treat is all right.

Slow down and allow yourself some time to really improve how you eat. You haven't gained a few pounds in a month so don't expect to lose it all so fast. Determine how many calories you need every day to hit a healthy weight and sustain it. Keep track of all you eat and drink with a food diary for a few months until a healthy diet becomes a way of life.

To Sum it Up

Fad diets are always going to be popular, and new plans will continue to be developed to address the desire of people to lose weight fast.

Nonetheless, it's not sustainable in the long term simply because a diet is effective for weight loss.

It's important to find a way to eat healthy food that you can appreciate and practice for life in order to reach and sustain your weight loss target.

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