How To Spot A Fad Diet

September 11, 2011

Fast Diet

A Fad Diet is a Weight Loss Plan or Aid That Promises Dramatic and Quick Results.


When something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t good.

Fad Diets - because they promise quick results, are relatively easy to implement, and claim remarkable improvements in how their followers will look or feel.

How To Spot A Fad Diet

With obesity expected to affect 50% of the population by 2050, the age of ‘fad diets’ and ‘lose weight quick schemes’ has escalated to epic proportions. From the cabbage diet to the Hollywood 24 to the 48 Hour Miracle diet, each of these dietary fads all claim to help you lose weight fast and experience increased rejuvenation.

But do they work?

Unfortunately not… Aside from helping you to experience instant water weight loss of 1-2lbs, the vast majority of slimmer’s have reported minimal weight losses of just 1-4lbs before hitting a plateau.

More disconcertingly, once they stopped following these said diets they quickly regained all lost weight.

But are they safe?

Whilst it is true that some of the top celebrity dietary fads can help you to experience immediate weight losses, most are not safe for long term use…

Depriving your body of essential nutrients needed to ensure your body is working at optimum capacity, many involve cutting your calorie intake to below 1,000 calories a day – if not less – more than half your recommended daily allowance.

Accompanied by strict exercise routines and gruelling calorie counting, many of these said dietary fads do run the risk of leaving you feeling weak, tired, unable to concentrate and more worryingly unable to function properly – None of which are good for your long term health and ultimately your future ability to lose weight.

How can you spot a Fad diet?

Fad diets are easier to spot than you imagine. Offering you a ‘quick fix’ solution to your weight loss issues, you can often tell a fad diet by their:

  • Too good to be true claims
  • Lack of clinical studies
  • Elimination of one or more of the five food groups
  • Recommendations from studies without reviews from other researchers
  • Most fad diets are typically short-term diet plans.

When choosing a diet or weight loss supplement, it is always important to thoroughly research their effects first before incorporating them into your eating habits. If there are no clinical studies or proof that they can produce real and credible weight loss, than more often than not they are too good to be true.

Fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss as long as you follow the strict rules or buy dubious products.

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.

About Diet Menu Plans

View all posts by Diet Menu Plans

Comments are closed.