The Truth About Fad Diets

Fad diets promise amazing results with little effort. Unfortunately, the truth is that these diets often cause rapid weight loss at first, but aren't sustainable in the long run. To make matters worse, they can be hazardous to your health. Research shows that a balanced diet and good exercise routine are the best things you can do for safe and healthy weight loss.


What You Need to Know About Fad Diets

It's natural to want an easy fix, particularly for weight loss. Perhaps there's a pill that will magically melt away fat, or a perfect potion that will effortlessly transform you into a toned athlete or supermodel. Sounds ridiculous when you read it, right? But the truth is that a lot of people believe the hype behind fad diets without looking at the evidence.
Before you put too much stock in the amazing transformations of the "before and after" pictures, take a look at whether the fad diet in question is nutritionally sound and medically safe. You might be surprised by what you learn. Most fad diets not only fail to deliver on promises of long-term weight loss -- they may be unsafe as well.

Where's the Proof?

Fad diets are often promoted with buzzwords like "fast and easy weight loss." But before being swept away by the thought of looking like an amazing "before and after" picture yourself, take the time to do your research. For starters, talk to your healthcare provider or a qualified dietitian about the claims of these fad diets. He or she can help you separate fact from fiction.
You can also save yourself a lot of wasted effort by using basic common sense. For example, keep in mind that many fad diets set people up for failure right from the beginning, especially if they include depriving yourself of food and do not include a maintenance program. And while most "diets" work, as they usually cause people to eat fewer calories, fad diets aren't often ones that can be maintained, and they typically do not result in people keeping the weight off.
In general, fad diets do not often teach a person how to make healthy food choices, nor do they focus on how to incorporate those choices into a lifestyle change that would set them up for long-term success.
Those who turn to some of the diet supplements may also be disappointed, as many of the results of the studies done on these diet pills are actually quite worrisome. Research has found that some of the ingredients in these pills could be harmful. This research has shown that some of these diet pills contained ephedra or ephedrine, which can double or triple the risk for developing psychiatric symptoms, heart palpitations, or stomach problems.
The American Heart Association has said that crash diets that cause people to go into starvation mode can undermine a person's health and that people tend to regain the weight soon after stopping their diet. Many dietitians agree, stating that fad diets are often unhealthy because they eliminate certain food groups and don't provide the nutrients the body needs.
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