Nowadays, it’s quite likely that you are unable to go a day in your life without hearing the name of a new diet. Either someone on your Facebook feed, a pop-up ad from a website you are browsing or while you’re flipping through a magazine and a few pages recommending a new diet. Truth is, the vast majority of these are fad diets.
Most weight loss coaches defined fad diet as short-term quick fix that isn’t part of a sustainable lifestyle. If you look at the principles of a lot of the major diet plans, they do seem restrictive, expensive or inconvenient.
There are so many different diets out there; the lemon detox, the intermitted fasting, there’s the cleansing, vegan or vegetarian, the Paleo, Keto, the akins diet. etc. and most of them generally do work but the different between a fad diet and something you can do for the rest of your life are two things;
- Does it get you results? There’s no point doing a diet if it doesn’t get you results.
- Is it sustainable for a long period of time? There are a lot of things out there that work, but at the same time, there are a lot of things out there that most people cannot sustain.
How To Spot A Fad Diet?
- If the name of the diet is a brand name, then it’s very likely that there’s going to be someone making a lot of money off this brand. The nature of a business is that, they want you to buy into it. Whilst you would hope that the majority of the time, that was done in an ethical way, you’ve got to face the reality and see that sometimes it may not be the case. Maybe, what you’re being sold isn’t actually healthy. In other words, if there is someone making a lot of money off a particular diet, it’s worth looking into it a lot more before you try it.
- If the diet tells you to cut out fruit and vegetables, it’s most likely a lot of rubbish. Obviously, an exception is if you’ve been told by your doctor or physician not to eat any fruit or vegetables, you should listen to that. Nevertheless, that’s a surefire sign that it’s a fad.
- If it is telling you that you need to buy additional supplements which are sold or produced by the company, then you should run a million miles in the opposite direction.
- You might see a lot of people on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram popping up, saying that they are representatives for particular companies and they want to sell to you at a discount price, those people are commissioned to sell you something, whether or not it’s right for you. Avoid those at all costs.
Why You Should Stay Away From Fad Diets?
The very obvious and steadfast reason is because they are temporary. Any type of fad diet you can come up with will just give you temporary results. They’re all week long or maybe months long diet. Yes, you will lose a lot of weight in the beginning, but it’s just short-term. Once you go back to eating the way you used to eat and you disregard all the work you just put in for the past weeks or months, you’re going to bounce back even faster than it took you to lose it.
Some people are okay with short-term goals. If you are, then good for you. But if you are looking for a long-term success, then you have to look for something that you are willing to change into your lifestyle. Stop trying to look at what other people doing for temporary results because once you stop it, you will gain everything back.