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.
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