Remember the story of a tortoise and a hare which taught us that “slow and steady wins the race”? All of us agree with this proverb but surprisingly, when it comes to shedding away the extra pounds while trying to get slimmer, all of us can’t wait. We just want immediate results.
Clearly, the goal nowadays is no longer to just lose extra pounds and acquire the healthy weight; actually the goal is to look exactly like the popular super model on the front page of a fashion magazine. Hence, unsurprisingly, around 85% dieters in America are reported to be women.
Read further to know why fad diets don’t work and what are the actual do’s and don’ts of a healthy and effective diet plan.
Origination of Fad Diets
Did you know that a celebrity can earn up to $3million for endorsing a diet?
The desire of today’s women to look exactly like a fashion celebrity is making them go extreme lengths which has given rise to a big industry that manipulates the public to gain huge sums of money. Fad or crash diets are also the creation of this industry.
Goal of a Fad Diet Plan
Fad diets are designed as quick fixes that promise dramatic results and by asking you to strictly limit the food choices or by recommending you to eat one food over and over again. Also, there are several fad diet plans which urge people to have no more than 500 calories a day. The reason why fad diets don’t work is because they set unrealistic expectations and offer unrealistic tactics to achieve results—both of which cannot be repeated throughout life.
Types of Fad Diets
There are number of crazy fad diet types including grapefruit diet in which you only have to consume grapefruits all day long, and then there is a cookie diet for cookie lovers who cannot eat anything else but cookie. Also, there is a ridiculous diet called HCG diet in which one consumes 500 calories per day with an injection or pill of hormones that comes from pregnant mare’s urine. One of the fad diets also suggests eating cotton balls.
Consequences of Fad Diet
Eliminating the essential macronutrients from the food can cause severe health complications and malnourishment. Henceforth, the person on fad diet feels exhausted, hungry, and has no energy to perform daily tasks.
Plus, the apparent weight loss is due to the loss of water which then eventually leads to the loss of muscles but not due to the fat loss.
Furthermore, to provide quick superficial results, these diets causes manipulation of hormones and chemical balances which can be very dangerous.
Moreover, results are only there until you are associated with fad diet. It is impossible to continue the crash dieting for long-term and once you quit it and come back to your usual eating habits, fat come inevitably and very quickly.
Remember, being calorie deficit is not the goal. However, Fad Diets only promote the idea that consuming fewer calories will eventually lead you to lose weight. But our body needs nutrients, too. It needs vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Dr. Carol Landau, Clinical Psychologist and a Lifestyle expert suggest that one should keep the fad diet aside and rather acquire a common-sense eating plan which involves eating “everything” in “moderation” and limiting the overconsumption of processed food, sugars, and saturated fats.
People trying to get rid of the extra inches on their belly or trying to maintain a healthy weight must opt for healthier lifestyle that balances food, exercise and adequate rest.