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What's the Deal with Fad Dieting?
Losing weight can be accomplished by making long-term changes to both your eating habits and physical activity levels. Fad diets become popular because people are looking for a “quick fix” when it comes to losing weight; however, there is no such thing.
Fad diets are not sustainable lifestyle habits. For example, if your diet tells you to eat cabbage soup at every meal for one month, you will likely lose weight, but then gain it back (and even a few extra pounds) once you return to your normal eating habits. Not only is fad dieting ineffective for keeping the weight off in the long-term, some fad diets may be extremely harmful to your health.
How to Spot a Fad Diet
According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,a diet is likely a Fad Diet if:
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is - for example “Lose 10 pounds in 1 week!”
- If it recommends eating one single food on a very consistent basis.
- If it promises a quick and easy weight loss with no work or effort.
- If it eliminates an entire food group, like dairy or carbohydrates.
- If it guarantees a dramatic outcome in a specified time period.
- If it is based on evidence for effectiveness only on the quotes and testimonials.