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