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How to Recognize a Fad Diet

What is a Fad Diet?

A fad diet is a diet that promises quick weight loss and is usually popular for only a short time. Fad diets are marketed to seem attractive to the person who wants to lose weight quickly. Most fad diets claim that an individual can lose weight without having to exercise, simply by following the diet’s plan of eating. However, most fad diets are considered unhealthy by physicians and deemed a gimmick.

Recognizing a Fad Diet

Fad diets usually make promises that are untrue or unsafe. The tips in this section will help you spot fad diets and avoid the unhealthy activities they recommend. If a diet sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Tips to recognize a fad diet:

  • Most fad diets will restrict certain types of foods, while encouraging the dieter to eat more of another type of food.
  • The diet makes claims that weight loss is quick and rapid, without the need of exercise. Rapid weight loss is 2 more more pounds in a week.
  • The diet promotes miracle foods that burn fat.
  • The diet has a rigid menu with a list of foods that must be eaten at a specific time of the day.
  • The diet will not have a warning label.
  • The diet will not have credible scientific research to back up its claims.
  • The diet may market products to the consumer claiming weight loss cannot occur without them.

Examples of Fad Diets

Liquid Diets

Most people who go on a liquid diet will probably loose weight. However, once the dieter resumes eating, the pounds generally come back. Liquid dieters should be cautious and are discouraged from being on a liquid diet for an extended period of time. Liquid diets simply do not give the body the vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain optimal health.

High Protein Diets

A high protein diet claims that if you eat large quantities of protein that you will lose fat and build muscle. Physicians know that muscle building is only brought about through weight training. High protein dieters will generally lose a good deal of weight. However, high protein diets may cause damage to the liver and kidneys.

Grapefruit Diet & Cabbage Diet

Any diet that requires that you eat only one specific food is a fad diet. This type of restrictive diet is very unhealthy. Many dieters who start this restrictive diet do not last very long. Weakness can occur quickly due to low calorie consumption, as well as a lack of vitamins and minerals in the food. In addition, the body will lower its metabolic rate and burn fewer calories.

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