The frustration of the FAD diet

Posted by Kent Gibson on 3 July 2013

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Today we are bombarded with so many different Fad Diets.


 According to the American Heart Association fad diets are regarded as ‘Diets that promise miraculous weight loss but may result in potential health problems.’

Today we are bombarded with so many different fad diets in magazines and on television, it is enough to make your head spin.

The promises of a fad diet is of amazing weight loss and a stunning new look, normally backed by famous Hollywood celebrities and their  own remarkable stories of losing weight. But there are so many diets, what is the best ones. It is no wonder you find yourself jumping from one diet to another, wondering why you are not getting the same results as your favourite actor or actress, and why  do you keep putting the weight back on.

So how to you know what a fad diet is? According to the American Heart Association you can recognize a fad diet when it:

  • Promises magic or miracle foods that burn fat.
  • Requires you to eat unusual quantities of only one food or food type.
  • Requires rigid menus of a limited selection of foods to be eaten at a specific time and day.
  • Requires you to eat specific food combinations in certain sequences or combinations.
  • Promises rapid weight loss of more than two pounds a week.
  • Has no warning for those with diabetes, high blood pressure or to seek medical advice before starting the diet.
  • Does not include increased physical activity as part of the plan.

Atkins ImageLet me be absolutely blunt, there are no wonder diets or magic bills that will fulfill the sometimes extreme results that they promise. And if a diet does give you rapid weight loss results then the question has to be asked “was it healthy weight loss or just a diet to make you look good with no regard to your overall health?”

Most advertised fad diets work by having drastically low calories that may cause fast weight loss for a short period of time, but one of the negative results is

your metabolism slowing down to compensate for the lack of calories. As soon as you go back to your normal eating patterns once you become tired of eating the bland food required in the diet, your weight will rapidly increase and in most cases you will end up larger than you started off. Why? Because your metabolism is slow– this means your body will have difficulty burning calories which will instead be stored as fat.

For lasting results you will need to have a realistic sustainable eating plan that you can maintain on an ongoing basis. Combine this with some weight training and a light cardio program and you will reach your desired weight loss goals, in addition you will also end up healthier, fitter and full of energy.

Remember this as a rule:

‘The faster you lose it, the quicker you’ll gain it back!’