The failure is in their name; fad diet. They are just a fad and won’t be popular within a few months. You should be able to recognize a fad diet quite easily. In fact, you’ll almost certainly have come across plenty of them. You know them, the hot new diets that claim to be a “miracle cure for obesity,” or promise to “burn 10 pounds of fat in 10 days,” or some other radical claim.
Sure, some people may lose weight following said diet, but is it healthy? Is it long lasting? We’re pretty sure you know the answer to that, but just in case you need a little more convincing, read on.
The Danger of Fad Diets
If you really are serious about losing weight, you need to be reasonable. It isn’t reasonable to eat a highly restricted diet. It isn’t reasonable to expect to lose 10 lbs of anything in 10 days unless you lose a limb.
Fad diets, like the Breatharian diet, which expects you to fill up by gulping down air and imagining the food, are so unrealistic. They do what is purposed. You’ll definitely lose weight but with what detriment to your health?
Here is another example: The Dukan diet was created by a doctor banned from practising in France. He was the creator of the diet but warned that if you followed it you might need to take vitamins, suffer from constipation, bad breath, and lack of energy.
So, do you remember learning about the food pyramid? There is even a slot at the very top for sugars and fats. Yes, the body needs a little of everything. So, if a diet tells you to cut out carbs, or cut out all fat, or cut out all sugar, your body will be lacking in nutrition and eventually there will be consequences.
You need to ask yourself a serious question. Are you losing weight just to look good or do you want to feel good, too?
To safely lose weight, you need a balanced diet and a good workout routine. You need to give the body what it needs for optimum performance, and you need to use it so it doesn’t get lazy. If you combine those two things, not only will you lose weight, but you will see an increase in energy, a decrease in anxiety, you’ll sleep better and you’ll have better mental clarity.
If you take a shortcut by trying a fad diet, not only will you lose weight, but you’ll lose health, nutrition, possibly iron, vitamins, or other body necessities. Is it worth it?
Would you rather look good for a few months with harmful consequences or would you wait a few months to look good and feel good for the rest of your life?
Winning with a Real Diet
For the best body and the best you, start a fitness training program to keep your body used to moving and feed it a healthy balanced diet. In a good diet, nothing is restricted. Allow yourself some treats, but keep them in their place. Eat mostly fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains and legumes, respectively. Drink plenty of water every day and take a multi-vitamin.
You’ll find that with the proper diet your cravings for sweets and fried foods will be naturally reduce and your fitness regimen will be much easier for you to complete.
Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of a fad diet and fail your weight loss goals once again. Be sensible, reasonable, and persistent.