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The Reality of Fad Diets

Updated on April 15, 2019

Would you ever want to drink a cabbage soup for 7 days or drink some apple cider vinegar mixture for a month? I’m not sure too many people would agree on doing these fad diets. In the United States there are more than 10 types of fad diets on the market. The average American goes on diet to look slimmer and resemble the models they see on tv. This is what mostly women and men face every single day because they want to look good for the summer, for vacations, and for events such as weddings, and important meetings. These diets are temporary and will affect the person negatively if not properly used and managed. Nowadays people don’t know the negative effects of these diets they just want to hear what are the benefits. Fad diets are harmful to one’s health because it restricts major food groups, gradually slows down the metabolism, and promotes weight gain afterwards.

In the first place, fad diets are harmful because they restrict major food groups which can lead to a low nutrition intake for the day. Normally people should consume different portions of food and different food groups which are: dairy, vegetables, fruits, meat, and grains. According to Rosenbloom,” Whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, dairy, eggs and fruit -- they're all out…Obviously this diet is not sustainable, and it unnecessarily cuts out a wide range of nutritious ingredients.” The lack of eating the right food portions can cause low nutrition and our body will have to adapt and replace the foods that we are restricting ourselves to eat. Overall, under-eating can be crucial to our bodily functions which can harm our eating cycle and habits

Not only do fad diets restrict major food groups but they also gradually slow your metabolism and mess up the way our body functions. Dieting can cause our bodies to work differently that it should be working. According to the Fitday Editor: “Your body has a natural ability to tell you when to eat and when to stop eating. Going against this natural pattern can negatively impact your metabolism, and these negative effects can last long after the diet.” Therefore, eating the wrong portions and restricting the amount we consume in our bodies can make our bodies produce more fat than it should.

Finally, fad diets can cause weight gain because when you are finished doing the diet when you start eating the foods you weren’t used to eat in the diet you are going to. According. to Fitday Editor:” Needless to say, making these changes are not exactly easy nor quick. When you try a fad diet, you will likely lose pounds in a matter of days as promised since you will be eating a very restricted diet. Unfortunately, most of the weight you will lose is just water weight. Once you stop the diet and resume your normal lifestyle, chances are that you will gain the weight back - with a few additional pounds.” We can conclude from this that the weight lost during diets will not stay unless our lifestyle and our eating habits change drastically.

Although there are many critics and information about the negative effects of doing fad diets, people who approve fad dieting say that it’s the most effective way to lose weight when you don’t have time to hit the gym or follow a six-month weight loss journey. According to Leith:” We all know that the way to lose weight is to eat less. If it doesn't go in, it can't go on, as my husband John says to me when I reach for a biscuit. Keep under 2,000 calories a day if you're a woman, 3,000 if you're a man, and you won't gain weight. Keep under 1,500 and you will slowly lose it.” This statement shows that there are recommended calorie intakes men and women should be consuming each day. Even though we should eat a certain number of calories each day the food we are eating should be healthy and not just consist of junk and processed food.

Losing weight is a goal that many people want to achieve to look good and to be healthier. They don’t care about the hard process but the end results. Although dieting looks fun and easy it may affect your body by restricting major food groups, gradually slowing down the metabolism, and promotes weight gain afterwards. I recommend people who want to try a diet in order to lose weight to consult and ask their doctor if their health wouldn’t be affected by the diet. To finish here is a quote from Unknown: “There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does.”

Works Cited

“5 Benefits of Healthy Habits.” Healthline, Healthline Media,

Fitday. “Four Reasons Why You Should Avoid Fad Diets.” / Fitness / Weight Loss,

Leith, Prue. “Fad Diets Are Just Junk.” SIRS:Issues and Controversy, 17 July 2017,

Rosenbloom , Cara. Going 'Lectin-Free' Is the Latest Pseudoscience Diet Fad. 13 July 2017,

© 2019 Makie Petion


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