A fad diet promises people that they will lose weight quickly, and that appeals to people who can’t squeeze into their wedding dress, expect relatives to visit, or want to look slim and trim before they go on vacation.
One good example is the Grapefruit Diet. You eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice at every meal. Total calories for the day should be under 1000. This diet allows you to eat protein sources such as meat and eggs, and you can prepare your food with butter, mayo and spices.
At the end of twelve days, you should have reached your weight loss goal, and you can transition back to a normal diet. If you never see another grapefruit, you’ll be a happy camper.
Here are five reasons to kick fad diets to the curb:
Unhealthy Food Restrictions
Fad diets that promise quick weight loss will usually instruct you to eat more of one food type and restrict yourself from eating another food type. This could lead to an unbalanced diet and nutritional deficiencies.
Too High in Fat
According to the Surgeon General, you should reduce the amount of fat in your diet, especially saturated fats.
Most fad diets will recommend high fat and low carb diet, which is not good for your health when taken long term. You will indeed lose weight but taking so much fat could lead to heart disease.
Failure to Address Why You’re Gaining Weight
Before you can start dropping the pounds, you need to find out why you’re gaining weight. Are you taking a new medication, mindlessly eating in front of the television, or depressed about all your problems?
The reason that fad diets are considered bad is that these diets do not address the root cause of the weight gain.
There are popular liquid diets that tell you to drink a shake for breakfast and lunch and then eat a sensible dinner. These shakes have a jaw-dropping price tag and your food budget can really take a hit.
You may be able to get a prescription for diet pills. If you have insurance, you may just have a co-payment, but if you don’t, paying out of pocket won’t be sustainable in the long run.
You still need to use portion control to achieve your weight loss goals.
Don’t Recommend Exercise
Any diet that promises you’ll lose weight without recommending exercise, is definitely a fad diet.
Exercise helps burn calories and build muscle. If you’re not in the habit of exercising, you can start slow and walk around the block. Join a gym and work with a personal trainer.
You didn’t gain weight in just one day, and it is going to take time to reach your diet goals. Kick fad diets to the curb, and eat healthy food that you enjoy.