Fad diets often promise a quick fix but temporary solution for weight loss, a lifelong problem for many. Commonly, fad diets are endorsed by celebrities and influencers, and heavily promoted through advertisements and media. Examples of fad diets include hyping about a particular type of food, such as raw food, or one that is high-fat, high-protein or low-carbohydrate.
An important source of nutrients is eliminated in fad diets. They often lack essential nutrients for our body to function optimally, such as carbohydrates, essential vitamins and minerals or dietary fibres.
Some examples of fad diets include Atkins, Grapefruit Diet and Liquid Diet.
Tips to help you spot and avoid a fad diet:
• Diet that has "testimonials" claiming how fast they lose weight in a short time or miraculously
• Diet recommendations that are made to sell or promote a book or a product
• Diet that makes dramatic claims that are refuted by a reputable scientific organisation
• Diet that makes claims that are too good to be true
• Diet that eliminates one or more of these five important food groups- fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy
Interestingly, weight regain is quick when one stops fad dieting. You may not be aware that weight gain is actually the body's default mode, so whatever you do to lose the weight, you've got to be able to do even more to maintain the results. That is the reason why fad diet is not sustainable throughout your life.
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