South Beach Diet, Adkins diet, the cookie diet, the juice diet, the raw food diet. All of these are examples of “fad diets.” They are all the rage, claiming millions of success stories and guaranteed results. Then they fade out and you don’t hear about them anymore, until the next one pops up. The truth is, you want to stay far away from these fad diets because if they sound too good to be true, they most likely are. They make unrealistic and unsustainable claims that will only serve to hurt you in the long run. Here’s how to know what’s real and what’s just a trend.
Fast, Drastic Weight Loss
Most of these diets promote dropping a lot of weight in a short span of time, but gradual and steady weight loss is the key to success! This will increase your chances of keeping it off. Also, losing too much too fast can also result in muscle, bone, and water loss. Aim for ½ pound to 1 pound per week.
No Moderation Necessary
A lot of diets will restrict you from certain foods, but then allow you to eat as much as you want of others. This will not only become boring with time, therefore causing you to give up, but you will also miss out of key nutrients. Everything is allowed in a diet with moderation!
Specific Food Combinations
There is no scientific evidence that has shown that eating certain foods at certain times of the day or in combination with other foods will help with weight loss. Do not fall into the traps that claim they will.
No Need to Exercise
This is probably the biggest downfall of them all. Diet and exercise go hand in hand: you cannot have a healthy diet without 30-60 minutes of exercise at least every other day each week. The good news is, they go hand in hand! Usually if you begin to exercise and get your endorphins pumping, you will feel more motivated to eat right. Then, you will see results over time, which will encourage you to keep exercising.
Overall, they key to the perfect “diet” is actually not a diet, but a lifestyle change. Don’t worry about perfecting it right away, either. Small, sustainable changes are the key. Recognize that slip-ups do occur, and they are allowed! Don’t be too hard on yourself and truly believe that with time and persistence, these healthy habits will be second nature.