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Fad Diets That Are Dangerous

Updated on July 21, 2020
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I have a masters degree in sports science and around 10 years experience in personal training and sports research.

Fad Diets

Fad diets are diets that are usually popular short term. They promise crazy results over a short time frame, hence why they become so popular. As fitness seems to be getting more and more influential in the modern day era, different diets are popping up constantly. It can be hard sometimes to differentiate the useful information from the misinformation, set out for people to make money off the unknowing.

With the crazy amount of information on the internet today it can be hard to decipher which information is correct. I will run through some examples of dangerous diets and what you need to be looking for when looking into the right diet.

The Baby Food Diet

Quite a simple concept this diet, instead of eating your normal meals swap them out for baby food. The aim of this diet is to drop the weight quickly. Obviously you will drop the weight quickly but that's simply down to the big lack of calories. Baby food normally consists of mushed up carrots, meats, bananas and many other different varieties. This is is why people have claimed that it's a healthy balanced diet, down to the mixture of healthy food sources.

Looking a bit deeper, baby food jars are made specifically for, believe it or not, babies. Meaning that it will miss out on different vitamins and minerals needed for an adults body to work properly and remain healthy. Not only that but the drop in calories could be detrimental to your health. A jar of baby food may only contain 100 calories so unless you're eating at least 10 jars a day, then you would be in a dangerously low calorie zone. Including these factors, with the fact that no solid foods for an adult can also be damaging, you have a fad die that could be dangerous.

Say no to the baby food diet.

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The Five Bite Diet

I really didn't like the sound of the five bite diet. This is a fad diet that I've actually heard people in a gym talk about considering going on. This diets consists of a black coffee in the morning with no sugar and a multivitamin tablet. It then suggests to have 0 snacks through the day, 5 bites of food at lunch and 5 bites of food at dinner. The funny thing is they suggest cheeseburgers or mac and cheese as food, to get high calories through just 10 bites a day.

Essentially they want you to drastically cut down calories, eat processed unhealthy foods and try balance that out with a multivitamin. Once again self-explanatory why this is a dangerous diet to go on, massively restricting calories and necessary nutrients can be hugely detrimental to your health. You will lose weight on this but once you come off it, you will put it back on very quickly. Not to mention how bad this diet is for your overall health and it's definitely not sustainable long term.

Say no to the five bite diet.

The HCG Diet

The HCG diet has actually lasted for yours and it seems to be sticking around, although the results are positive, the effects can be negative. The diet consists of restricting your daily intake of calories down to just 500 a day and then supplementing your body with the human hormone choriogonadotropin. It claims that the hormone will drastically help you lose weight healthily. However, there is no evidence still till this day that the hormone does anything towards weight loss. Therefore the weight loss is solely down to the extremely low calorie intake. Trying to survive on 500 calories a day is not only damaging to your health but it's also completely unsustainable.

Once again you will blatantly lose weight on a 500 calorie a day diet but it's certainly not a healthy way to lose weight and can be considered dangerous.

Say no to the HCG diet.

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Who is The Target of Fad Diets?

I could go on all day with there being so many harmful diets out there on the internet. Instead I would like to hand out some advice on spotting dangerous diets. When looking into a diet, a majority of the time a quick fix is not the answer. The simplified way of putting it, is that the quicker you drop the weight, the quicker you'll put it back on. Dropping huge amounts in a short space of time will only lead you to putting it back on just as quick once the diet is over. On top of this it could have long lasting negative effects on your body.

When looking into a diet, make sure to do a significant amount or research into trusted resources. Such as government health websites or highly popular health blogs or magazines. If it sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is!

Here's a list of useful diets;

  • Atkins diet.
  • Dukan diet.
  • Intermittent fasting.
  • Carbohydrate cycling.

There are many others that can also be used but I have found these to be very effective.

Here's a list of more harmful diets;

  • Tapeworm diet.
  • Cotton bud diet.
  • The master cleanse.
  • The cookie diet.

Thank you for reading.

© 2020 Ben Smith


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