What are fad diets and do fad diets work?
Many people try fad diets to lose weight fast,
fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss, some
fad diets involve long periods of starvation and
restricting the consumption of good foods that your
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight
knows that it isn't (and shouldn't be) quick and
most likely isn't easy either. Fad diets don't have
the greatest reputation but they still hold
relatively big appeal simply because they often tell
overweight people what they want to hear.
Do fad diets really work in the short run? Yes, often
they can but the short-term success comes at a
price. What usually happens after you've lost the
weight by following such a weight loss plan is that
you will gain it back and put even more weight on
than when you started.
It has been proven time and time again that those
who follow fad diets often end up gaining back more
weight than they lost. This is usually because these
types of diets involve a lot of straying from the
normal diet. So, once you've finished the diet, you
can't wait to go back to "normal" eating. At that
point, whether you overdo it or not, you will start
to gain the weight back.
One way to identify a faddy type of diet is to ask
yourself, "How long can I keep up the sort of
regimen that this diet is recommending?" If you
believe you can stick with it, then this is probably
not a short-term fix. If you don't see yourself
being able to follow the diet's instructions for a
long period of time, then it most likely will work
while you are on the plan, but your weight will
shoot right back up shortly after you stop the diet.
The only real alternative to fad diets is
eat healthy foods
and exercise regularly. This
doesn't mean that you have to completely cut out the
unhealthy foods that you love (as a short-term
stricter diet might suggest). It means making
healthy choices and then eating the "bad stuff" in
moderation. It also doesn't mean working out heavily
all the time. Exercising regularly could just be
taking a 20 minute brisk walk three to five times
every week. Try to pick an exercise that you don't
see as a chore, something that you actually look
forward to practicing.
As far as eating right goes, try to eat balanced
meals. If you can get regular portions of unfatty
protein, carbohydrates and fiber in every meal, you
are doing well. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and
vegetables during meals or even as snacks. Other
healthy snacks include cheese and nuts which are a
good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
The right weight loss plan not only helps
you lose fat and weight, it also starts you on the
right path towards a lifetime of healthy eating.
Fad diets promise quick fixes but the real results
come from the tried and true methods of a healthy
lifestyle and awareness of the benefits of natural
foods and regular exercise.