Be Fad Free

You almost certainly know someone who has tried the grapefruit or no-carb diet and lost an impressive amount of weight only to see it creep back. It’s not a great plan if it isn’t as sustainable as brushing your teeth each morning. Here are a few signs that you’re about to try a “diet” strategy that will lead to more disappointment than betting a week’s wages on double zero:

  • Emphasizes one food over all others.
  • Guarantees you’ll lose a specific number of pounds quickly — e.g., “Lose 40 pounds in one month!”
  • Bills itself as “a miracle,” “revolutionary” or an “easy” way to lose weight.
  • Uses questionable theories to explain how certain combinations of foods will lead to weight loss.
  • Omits entire categories of foods, such as all carbs or all fruit or veggies.
  • Restricts calories to fewer than 1,200 a day (unless the plan is medically supervised). 

"The dangers of fad dieting should be enough to make anyone steer clear of those methods of weight loss." Courtney Ramirez 

Posted on June 4, 2015 and filed under nutrition.