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Why Fad Diets Are Bad

Updated on July 23, 2021
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Hope is a freelance content writer, specializing in mental health and wellness, personal growth and development, and content marketing.

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Fad diets have been around for years. They will continue to live on for years to come. Why? Because people are too lazy to lose weight the healthy way and live healthier lives. They would rather attempt to try some crazy diet that will never work. I will share some reasons why fad diets are terrible and why you should avoid them at all costs.

Reason #1: They may require that you to starve yourself for a few days. Some fad diets require you to go on extended fasts. While there are some health benefits to fasting, you must make sure you are doing it properly. All too often, the fad diets that incorporate fasting usually end up leaving you feeling hungry and going on a binge when it’s all said and done.

Reason #2: They are called “fad” because they designed for fast weight loss, not healthy or long-lasting weight loss. The term “fad” implies fast-fading or short-lived. Fad diets are not created with the idea that it will be something you can apply to your health for the long-term. They are created solely for the purpose of dropping a few pounds in a very short amount of time (sometimes as little as one day). Once you follow the fad diet to its end, you go right back to eating like you did before.

Reason #3: They require odd foods or liquids-only. Many fad diets list odd foods that you would not normally eat. Even more call for an all-liquid fast. Still others provide recipes to soup concoctions that you have to eat every day. These types of diets usually end up giving you excessive diarrhea. While you might feel good for the first few days and lose a few pounds, your body will go into shock once you return to eating normally.

Reason #4: They are not a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off. Fad diets may be popular with some people, but they are certainly not the way to lose weight and keep it off. In order to become healthier and keep off the weight you lose, you must follow a proper diet incorporating the five food groups.

Final Note

Losing weight fast might seem appealing to you, but is it really worth it? A miniscule portion of people who go on fad diets ever keep the weight off that they lose. In fact, they almost always experience quite the opposite reaction, gaining even more weight back than they lost to begin with. Fad diets might seem the way to go if you’re struggling to lose weight, but be cautious. Stick to a healthy diet plan and you will lose the weight and stay healthy the rest of your life.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Hope Wilbanks


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