Forget about fad diets

According to the University of Pittsburg Medical Centre (UPMC), a fad diet ‘is a diet that promises quick weight loss through what is usually an unhealthy and unbalanced diet’.

Why do some people adopt fad diets?

Fad diets are usually adopted by people who want to lose weight quickly. They focus more on making changes to what they are eating and generally do not include exercise in their weight-loss plan.

Are fad diets short- or long-term and are they good for you?

Fad diets are short-term diets that have some form of restriction or the other, sometimes resulting in rapid weight loss.

The bad part is that these diets can have harmful side effects and are often not sustainable and this can set you up for failure in the long term. In addition, you may be selling yourself short of getting certain nutrients, depending on what foods you have cut out from your diet plan.

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Examples of fad diets

Examples of fad diets include the famous cabbage diet, grapefruit diet and the juice or broth diet.

How can fad diets affect your health?

Depending on the type of fad diet that you follow, health conditions such as ketosis, gout and kidney stones may develop. In addition you may be placed at a higher risk of developing a chronic disease (such as osteoporosis, heart disease and high blood pressure). An individual may also experience a reduced athletic performance.

Making lifestyle changes

It is better to make healthy lifestyle changes that include consuming a healthy diet and getting an adequate amount of exercise on a daily basis, if you want to lose weight or maintain a healthy one. Avoid taking on fad diets and opt to take care of your weight every day!

Source: UPMC

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