What’s So Bad About Fad Diets?

Why fad diets are not doing you any favors

Oh, fad diets! We have people asking us about these all the time, and every few years it’s a different one (hence the “fad”).  Fad diets are trendy because this famous person is doing it, or that famous person is doing it, or there’s gobs of advertising dollars behind it to shove it in your face.  The reality is that fad diets often have some element of truth behind them, but they go to extremes and really aren’t good for your weight loss in the long run.

What makes a fad diet?

Fad diets are often known for restricting or eliminating certain foods or food groups, and often make claims for significant weight loss in short periods of time.  For example, “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” made claims for specific food requirements and claimed to help people lose up to 5 pounds in the first two weeks.  Other fad diets make similar, if not more outrageous claims.  Eventually people fizzle out on these plans and you hear less and less of them.  But, rest assured, there WILL always be a new fad diet to consider.

So, why are fad diets not doing you any favors?

Fad diets sound amazing, right?  But, we know that anything in life worth having comes with a little bit of hard work.  And so, we’ve found that a comprehensive plan toward weight loss works better and really needs to be focused on your specific health concerns and goals.

Fad Diets Are Short-Term

Most fad diets will focus on the short term results of their program.  Mainly because their way of living is not sustainable, or because they know that most people will fizzle out after a few weeks anyway.  Unless you have a long term focus and a team to help you stay accountable to your program, odds are, you will fall off a program.  That’s why the support you get from a weight loss team is so crucial.

Missing Key Nutrients

Often fad diets will eliminate key food groups or foods that are actually really healthy for you.  We’ve all heard the wacky diets where you eat only two or three foods and nothing else.  The problem is that you can’t get all of your nutrients from just a handful of foods.  Instead, you need to be focusing on a comprehensive approach with whole foods (less processed) that will help you set your body’s metabolic rate to a healthy spot.  Fad diets can actually do you more harm than good if you are depleting your body of valuable nutrients you get from key foods and food groups.

They Make Assumptions

Fad diets make blanket assumptions that this one food type is bad for ALL people.  That’s simply not how we work.  A body that is dealing with hormonal imbalance may need certain food types or not need others.  While someone dealing with diabetes may need the opposite plan.  Fad diets sound pretty and fun, but they don’t take into account YOUR specific situation.

Here’s the skinny…

If a diet sounds too good to be true, odds are it is.  We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, and often slow and steady wins the race in weight loss.  For results that last a lifetime, you need to focus on not only resetting your metabolism, but resetting your mindset and approach toward food.  That simply doesn’t happen in two weeks or with a fad diet!