A fad diet is one that makes unrealistic promises. Most fad diets are very low inÂ carbohydratesÂ and in calories, causing fluid loss from the body, which indicates a loss of weight on the scale. Once the body gets rehydrated with water, the weight will come right back.
Evaluation of a fad diet:
- Is the diet medically and nutritionally safe? Get an opinion from a physician and a registered dietitian.
- Red flags for fad diets include: overemphasis on a specific food group or groups, limited food choices, and a “calories do not count” approach.
These are ways to decide whether to use a diet or not. If there is no nutritionally or medically reliable information provided, and if there are no statistics to back the claims, then it is not a good diet to consider. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
This web page is for information and support only and NOT a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment! Nothing on this web page should be construed as medical advice. Please check with your own physician about any information that concerns you.
August 15, 2011
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