- The Banana Diet
- The Grapefruit Diet
- The Cabbage Soup Diet
If you have tried one of the fad diets on the aforementioned list (or another diet that didn’t make the list) ask yourself another question: Am I still on this diet and did I maintain my weight loss from the diet? Are fad diets healthy?
Fad diet advertisers boldly allege, “guaranteed to lose 30 pounds in 30 days,” but what happens on day 40 or 100? The results from their diets rarely ever seem to show long-term, sustainable weight loss. Fad diets provide short-term fixes without a long-term solution because they cause short-term weight loss that eventually leads to long-term problems. Without learning sustainable healthy eating habits, when people go back to their NORMAL eating habits after losing weight from a FAD diet, most will regain all of, if not more of the weight they lost.
America is a results-now, impatient society. People want quick solutions to years of bad habits – this is what makes FAD diets so tempting. If you can drop 30 pounds in 30 days, why the heck not – I mean if it took 15 years to put it on, it should only take 15 days to lose it…right?? Wrong. Most fad diets deprive the body of essential nutrients which causes a loss in muscle mass, and many others result in dehydration which provides the illusion of weight loss.
Again, Fad diets may cause an imbalance of essential nutrients actually could increase your risks of chronic diseases. Research has shown that high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets over six months in duration increased the risk of cardiovascular disease. The research concludes that these diets may impair kidney, bone and gastrointestinal health.
Focus on losing weight slowly by changing your eating habits and choosing healthy foods and recipes (like you can find on this site!) instead of going for the quick fix.