The Truth Behind the Fad Diets
If you’re looking for a diet plan that can help you lose weight fast, you will find many being promoted out there. But how can you be sure which one really works?
Losing weight generally requires hard work and commitment over a long period of time. That is why many are tempted to go after fad diets that promise quick weight loss without thinking about the possible negative consequences. How can you tell the difference between a diet that is effective and one that isn’t?
Beware of False Promises
Don’t believe everything that fad diets promise. It takes some effort to identify which diet claims and results are true. To help you out, check out below what promises you can consider as red flags.
- Unrealistic, fast weight loss diet that is based on just one research study
- Extreme diet recommendation
- Diet recommendations that are refuted by authority organizations in diet and nutrition
- Some foods are regarded as “good” and others are “bad”
- Using personal testimonials to convince people to buy the diet program
- Recommends crash dieting or reduced intake of food and drinks
Fad diets come and go. They’re popular only for a while and then are replaced by another new fad diet.
What Makes Fad Diets Popular
There are certain factors which drive these fad diets to popularity. These include:
Recommendations by celebrities
If you can be as slender and gorgeous as a celebrity, would you?
The desire for Instant result
What most people want today are quick results. If weight loss can be achieved in weeks, then why work for months?
The thinking that diet equals deprivation
Many people still think that in order to achieve weight loss, a person needs to deprive himself of eating certain foods or food groups for a certain period of time. Diet plans of this type become widely acceptable because of this mentality.
Many join the fad because their friends are in.
Questions About Safety
A greater concern regarding these fad diets is the safety of doing it. Whether it works or not, this issue is non-negotiable.
The effectivity of fad diets in general is short-lived. It can make you lose some pounds even if the method involves unhealthy calorie reduction or loss of water. Some fad diets also allow you to learn about some healthy food or recipe.
You may even find yourself correcting some unhealthy habits like eating junk foods, mindless eating and munching on fatty or sugary foods like pizza and donuts. When you make these adjustments, you indeed lose some extra pounds.
But your weight loss result has its trade-offs. Any nutritional imbalance can later on result in dizziness, fainting, muscle cramps, confusion, dehydration, diarrhea or constipation, constant hunger pangs and moodiness. Also, the pounds you lost may be regained immediately after going back to your usual diet.
If you have a chronic health condition or taking medications, you certainly should not try any fad diet without consulting your doctor first.
The really sad story is when you fail to lose weight and you blame yourself for it. You become discouraged and the more difficult it is for you to get back to really losing weight for real.
What’s the Best Alternative?
When a new diet becomes popular, do your research first before trying it out. By checking its claims, you will know whether it’s just a fad. Your best bet is to find a registered nutritionist and ask for her recommended diet for you.
Always check what reputable organizations say about the proper diet. You can rely on the set dietary guidelines by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. When you do something right, even if it takes more time, you know that you will benefit from the lasting results.
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