What Everybody Ought To Know About Fad Diets

April 7, 2007 · Filed Under diet 

Definition of a fad diet: A short-term weight loss plan without long-term weight loss results.

Some examples of fad diets:

· Carb Control
· High Carb/Low Fat
· Portion Control
· Food Combining
· Liquid Diets
· Diet Pills
· Herbal Remedies
· Others (Grapefruit Diet, Lemonade Diet, The Blood Type Diet, Macrobiotics, etc.)

There are millions of people from all lifestyles who are desperate to get rid of the fat. They will try virtually anything, regardless of how senseless, unhealthy, or dangerous to their health these fad diet plans might be.

It matters not…the cost or consequence, the quick fix is the motivating factor.

All they have to do is look at the “before” and “after” photos of the paid television actors, and they’re hooked. Before they can take a deep breath, they’ve picked up the phone and ordered one of these magical potions.

The promise of them getting back into those 10-year old college jeans in a week or the opportunity to wear that 3-year old favorite lucky belt again in 3 days are the great psychological motivators that the advertiser’s take advantage of. People are looking for immediate results and the advertisers sell them the dream.

People are also persuaded to try a fad diet when these promotions are mistakenly (or purposely) attached to well known sponsors. Case in point, the cabbage soup diet, which purportedly was developed and/or endorsed by the American Heart Association, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Another example is the rumored and fictional “Mayo Clinic Diet” which is also an unhealthy fad diet.

These types of fad diets are incredibly unhealthy because they overemphasize eating just one type of food or drinking just one type of beverage, with the promise of rapid weight loss.

People get caught up in the myth that certain foods, like cabbage, have magical properties that create magical, instant weight loss results.


What they don’t realize though, is that these fad diets scream “Nutrient Deficiencies” very loudly.

So why are these fad diets so popular if they don’t work?

Well, we’re human! We want to try anything that promises to help us:

· Look good
· Feel good

· Prevent weight-related disease

Promoters of these fad diets are trained to take advantage of our human psyche by promising quick and easy results. It has worked very, very well for many, many years and will continue to work for many more.

People usually prefer to try the quick fix of a fad diet instead of making the effort to lose weight through eating less and exercising more.

Another reason for their popularity is that many of them do work, albeit for a short time. This is usually because you are finally paying attention to what you’re eating whether it is cabbage, lemonade, or some “special” combinations of foods.


You are not eating other foods that are not included in the fad diet, so it stands to reason that your caloric intake has decreased, which allows you to lose weight.

On the other hand, it’s very likely that your weight loss is mostly water and lean muscle instead of body fat.

These fad diets are usually short lived because most people just can’t tolerate or become bored with the monotony of eating the same food or drinking the same drink, over and over again.

It’s not really that hard for a person to change their eating pattern for a short time, but after a while, most dieter’s tire of the limitations. They slowly return to their old eating habits and usually wind up gaining back the weight they’ve lost and then some.

How do you recognize a fad diet?

They are usually diets, or diet programs, or diet products that:

· Allege extremely fast weight loss (more than 2 pounds per week).
· “Assure” that you’ll lose weight forever while continuing to eat fatty foods.
· “Assure” that no exercise is necessary.
· Base their claims on “before” and “after” photos.
· Proffer testimonials from so called “experts” in weight loss or nutrition (who may be paid actors).
· Offer a plan with “special” food combinations.
· Overemphasize eating just one type of food or drinking just one type of drink.
· Membership fees, seminars, pills, or prepackaged foods are required for the weight loss plan to work.
· If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is

A fad diet is what it is. It is not a healthy substitute for eating healthy meals, drinking plenty of water, and exercising on a regular basis. Of course its easy to get caught up in the hype that many plans offer and sometimes you wind up just hurting yourself in the long run. Weight Loss Surgery may be the answer if you have tried many different diets and programs and failed at the process.



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