Have you seen the recent news on Congress scolding celebrity physicians? If you’ve fallen for a diet fad, join the crowd – many Americans have. So how can you spot a diet fad? If it offers quick results when it comes to weight loss it’s most likely a fad diet. Although fad diets can result in weight loss, they are not sustainable long-term. They are designed to help people drop pounds quickly, but the weight is easily gained back and often is. Some long-term fad diets can be very harmful to your body, resulting in nutritional deficiencies, muscle loss, and fatigue. When you stop doing them, fad diets often leave you right back where you started – or worse, with a higher ratio of fat to muscle. Be the best role models for good health for your children – avoid fad diets that teach kids and families to take short cuts based on diet propaganda. Focus on making small changes – they can add up to a big difference in your health. Here’s how to spot a fad diet so you can avoid falling into the trap.
Steer clear of any diet where you need to purchase something like a book, specific food product, or a supplement. Fad diets reel people in with good marketing and they prey on the hope that many people have that they will lose weight fast. Fad diets may help you lose weight, but they are restrictive, unhealthy, and can cause you to regain any lost weight and perhaps even more. The best way to lose weight is by making lifestyle changes, exercising, and eating healthy. It may not be as glamorous as a fad diet, but it does work in the long run.
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