People these days are in a hurry to achieve all their goals, even if it’s going to cause you lose later on! Especially, when we talk about weight loss, you’d neglect and postpone dropping the pounds till you got 7-10 days for a huge event, and you need to fit in the outfit we’re planning to wear! So, you try it on and OPS! It doesn’t fit and you end up going on “fad diets.”
Today we’ll be discussing:
What Are Fad Diets?
A fad diet breaks its weight loss promise as time goes by, but it can promise you a fast weight loss and you’ll compensate your health and give up a balanced diet. Fad diets are for those who want to drop 7-10 pounds fast for an upcoming event without doing any exercises.
However, some fad diets never keep their promises, not even when you finish it, you’ll not see any fat loss or pounds dropped. You know why? Because these fad diets deceive you and make you lose water weight instead of losing fat and it makes you restrict any food that can cause water retention. As boring and dull these types of diets seem to be, lots out there go for it. Moreover, because of how unhealthy they are, no one maintains fad diets for long.
As a consequence, you regain the pounds you think you lost and, in most cases, gain more than what was lost. Some fad diets can actually cause health complications due to the lack of nutrition and food restrictions.
How To Determine Fad Diets:
To know whether or not a diet is a fad diet or a true diet, I want you to ask yourself these questions:
- Does the fad diet sound too good to be true?
- Does the diet promise that you’ll drop so many pounds in a short time?
- Does the diet give lists of restrictions – good & bad – foods?
- Does the diet help sell a company’s weight loss product?
- Does the diet have any valid scientific research to support its quick weight loss claims?
If you said YES! Then is undoubtedly a fad diet for sure and the one you must not even consider doing, not even for some time.
Types Of Fad Diets:
Here are the most popular fad diets:
- High-protein diets.
- Grapefruit diet.
- Liquid diet.
This fad diet will restrict you to eating large amounts of protein with each and every meal, like; eggs, chicken, fish, meat, etc. the purpose is fast weight loss while building muscles. Also, this diet will recommend high physical activity and muscle training to utilize the protein you’re consuming effectively.
As promising as this high-protein diet might sound like, it can be very dangerous when you give your body too much protein that it can’t process it and leads to accumulation of toxins in your blood.
This diet suggests that if you eat the only grapefruit during this diet and nothing else, this will help you shed unwanted pounds & fat. Still, any diet dependent on just one food is extremely opposed to being healthy.
Ordinarily, this type of diet – the grapefruit diet – is too low in calories, doesn’t provide your body with its required energy and lacks the needed vitamins and minerals for your body well-being.
Liquid diets cut out & restrict food & things that are definitely beneficial to your body.
For example, Phytochemicals are plant substances (found in fruits and vegetables) considered to defend your body and immune system against any disease. Moreover, the results of a liquid diet may be only short & temporary. The day you return to eating normal foods, is the day you habitually put the pounds lost right back on.
Now let’s discuss some fad diets options that can work for you.
Fad Diets That Work:
If you’re still looking for healthy options for fad diets, we’ve prepared a list for you as well, but that doesn’t mean you should go on these diets for a long time:
- The alkaline diet.
- The baby food diet.
- The blood type diet.
- The clean program.
- The French woman diet.
The Alkaline Diet:
This strategy depends on eliminating any acids in food or drinks for better body pH, immunity, and most importantly digestion. When you restrict things like red meat, dairy, bread or not anything that can increase body acidity, the body performs well. However, when eliminated or limited your body can perform digestion better on the alkaline diet.
The Baby Food Diet:
Tracy Anderson (a celebrity trainer) advised many to replace their main meals with jars of Gerber and eating a healthy, good dinner. Lady Gaga and Hedi Slimane are heard to be devoted to the baby food diet (1).
The Blood-Type Diet:
Peter J. D’Adamo has written a book in 1997 called “Eat Right For Your Blood Type”, which, obviously recommended a special diet plan depending on your blood type. The blood type diet is said to help with weight loss, heartburn, asthma and headaches.
The Clean Program:
In 2009, Alejandro Junger, a cardiologist, developed the 21-day weight loss diet and excluded all inflammatory and allergens foods from this diet. You need to take a vitamin supplement while on the clean program as the diet allows you to eat two liquid meals and a solid lunch per day.
The French Woman Diet:
The French woman diet is made of small-portioned meals of rich food, like; cheese, thin steak or tuna. Packaged foods are not allowed on this French diet.
These fad diets are considered the healthiest of the fad diets, yet is not, again, recommended going one for long-term mental and health benefits.
I believe we’ve covered a lot regarding fad diets, now it’s time you shared your experience with us, and the best fad diet you’ve tried, or that you are willing to try. Live healthy and strong.