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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

What you need to know about fad diets.

What do bell-bottoms, poodle skirts, leg warmers, and skinny jeans all have in common? They’re all fashion fads. Just like certain clothes are in style one year and out the next, diet trends come and go as well. Fad diets promise quick fixes and dramatic results through restrictive diet plans that appeal to people’s hunger for something new. A few of the most popular diet fads include The Zone, Atkins, South Beach, and The Master Cleanse. Other examples you may have heard of include the cabbage, grapefruit, high protein, or liquid diets.

Like clothing, some fad diets stick around longer than others. This is because they do work…for a time. And if you’ve dieted much over the years, you’ve likely tried a fad diet before. Maybe you had luck or maybe you didn’t, but here’s what you need to know before trying another diet that sounds too good to be true.

They Aren’t Sustainable

The biggest drawback of fad diets is their lack of sustainability. Yes, you can force yourself to do anything for a few days or weeks, whether that means cutting out carbs, eating only liquids, or stuffing your face with more protein. Diet plans like this do lead to weight loss, but what happens when you get tired of eating such a restrictive diet? When you’ve reached your weight-loss goal, you return to a normal way of eating and the weight you lost slowly creeps back. Suddenly, you’re back to where you started or perhaps even worse off.

They Harm Your Metabolism

A drastic cut in calories or nutrition will indeed lead to weight loss, but this sudden shock to your system may harm your metabolism and hormonal balance for years to come. Without enough calories, your body goes into starvation mode and begins to hold onto every extra calorie to save for possible future energy use. This slows your metabolism, putting you at risk for future weight gain. False signals are sent to your hormones, leading to problems such as acne, insomnia, infertility, depression, and weight gain.

They Leave You Fatigued

Fad diets restrict calories and sometimes eliminate entire food groups. Without enough calories for energy and nutrition for health, fad diets can leave you feeling fatigued, hungry all the time, and in a bad mood. You know exercise is an important part of healthy weight loss, but how can you work out when you have no energy?

They Cause Stress and Guilt

You may feel relief after committing to a diet plan that promises great rewards and when the pounds start to come off you may feel a sense of accomplishment. But as time goes by you begin to notice new feelings. Cheating on your diet makes you feel shame and failure. Your thoughts are constantly obsessing over food choices and you feel anxious about eating. Food is no longer enjoyable, but a burden to bear. Fad diets set people up for failure and guilt.

They Put Your Health at Risk

Drastically cutting calories or eating only a few types of food can be harmful to your health. Too much protein places stress on your kidneys and liver. Liquid diets and cleanses may leave you malnourished from a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. Other restrictive diets may cause digestive issues, light-headedness, low blood pressure, dehydration, a lack of energy, and muscle loss.

To put it nicely, fad diets aren’t safe or worth your time. So eat healthily, get plenty of exercise, and get to bed at a decent hour. It may not be a hip new fad, but it will give you the results you’re after.

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