Stay Away from Fad Diets

Stay Away from Fad Diets

Fad diets have been around for decades.  New ones surface regularly while some older weight-loss solutions fall in and out of popularity.  Popularized by the promise of quick and dramatic weight-loss results, fad diets need to be fully researched before trying.  Generally, diets or diet products can be considered a fad if they fit any of the following criteria:

  • Claiming to help you lose weight very quickly, more than 1-2 pounds per week.
  • Promising you will lose weight and keep it off without giving up fatty foods or starting an exercise program.
  • Basing their claims only on "before and after" photos.
  • Offering testimonies from clients or "experts" in weight loss, science or nutrition who are usually being paid to promote the diet plan.
  • Drawing simple solutions from complex medical research.
  • Limiting food choices and not encouraging you to get balanced nutrition by eating a variety of foods.
  • Requiring you to spend a lot of money on things such as seminars, pills or prepackaged meals in order for the plan to work.

Instead of turning to a fad diet to achieve weight-loss results, try implementing lasting lifestyle changes.  Contact a health care professional to get started.

This article is to be used for informational purposes only  and is not intended to replace the advice of a legal or medical professional.  Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.  

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