How To Spot A Fad Diet: What Are They And Why They’re Bad For You!
Today, fad diets are everywhere we look: “Lose 10 Pounds in 10 Days!”, “Lose Weight With Baby Food!”, “Revolutionary Fasting Techniques To Dramatically Drop Those Pounds!”, etc. These highly enticing titles may seem to make sense on the surface – they may even include “scientific” data and research to back them up. But really, it’s just a fad diet and you should not listen to them.
What exactly is a fad diet? Here are some tips to spot a fad diet from a healthy diet:
- Fad diets guarantee rapid weight change. A fad diet is defined as any method intended and used as a short term method for quick and dramatic weight loss. Aside from the fact that rapid weight loss is almost always gained back soon after, this method of weight loss is not healthy for anybody. Any healthy diet will tell you that the key to weight loss is incrementalism: small, realistic, easily incorporated changes to your eating habits and lifestyle choices. The right way to lose weight is over the span of months not days.
- Fad diets often do not include physical activity. Does this diet claim weight loss without any kind of exercise or workout plan? Simply put, there’s no possible way to lose more weight than you take in without exercise. Any healthy diet will certainly recommend incorporating at least thirty minutes of physical activity into your day. Physical fitness is still an important element of weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. Try taking a walk on your lunch breaks or going to a Pilates class every weekend.
- Fad diets make you cut certain foods/food groups out completely. Does this diet completely ban carbs or restrict you to only one food group? This method will only lead to self-control issues and viewing certain foods as the enemy. Instead, healthy diets encourage portion control and a healthy balance of all the food groups. Try packing raw veggies for a snack instead of chips or choosing brown rice over white rice. Practice listening to your body by eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re full.
Fad diets simply don’t provide the right kinds or amounts of the essential nutrients that our bodies need to stay fit and healthy. Fad diets are impossible to keep to, and sometimes people actually gain back more weight than they started with. One example of a popular fad diet is the Keto diet. If the Keto diet isn’t done properly or in a healthy way, you can increase your risk of high cholesterol and clog your arteries due to the increase of consuming foods that are high in fats.
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