What is a Fad Diet, and Why Should You Avoid Them?
When you think of “fad diet,” there are a few that might come to mind: gluten-free, apple cider vinegar diet, alkaline diet, Paleolithic diet, etc. But what exactly is a fad diet?
Simply said, a fad diet is a a trendy diet that promises quick and easy weight loss. Many promise that you don’t even have to exercise– all you have to do is follow these rules, and the extra pounds will fall off. It sounds too good to be true, and that’s because they are. Since most involve eliminating food groups completely, you’ll likely experience nutritional deficiencies. And more often than not, once you have completed the fad diet, you’ll gain the weight right back as you reestablish old habits.
Fad diets don’t advertise that is what they are. It takes some critical thinking to be able to identify them. Some quick ways to tell if a new diet trend is a fad diet are:
- Unrealistic claims of fast and easy weight loss
- Totally eliminating certain food groups
- Claim that foods need to be “properly combined” for proper digestion
- Reliance on supplements instead of exercise and diet
- Claim that exercise is not necessary
- Reliance on a specific food
Is elimination really that bad?
While there are some food that are well known that we should not over-indulge in, but that does not mean we should totally remove them from our diets. For instance, totally eliminating sugar from your diet might sound like a good idea, but some sugar in your diet is essential for energy production. So, entirely removing a food group can have negative effects instead of the positive impacts you might expect. The key is moderation and making healthy choices.
- Cut back on high-calorie drinks
- Don’t skip meals
- Eat copious fruits and vegetables
- Enjoy whole grain foods instead of white bread/cereals
- Choose foods high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Stick to lean meats, poultry, and fish
- Don’t skip out on exercise– it helps build muscle and increase your metabolism
For the weight loss results you want, medically supervised weight loss is the answer. Working with an experienced weight loss doctor makes all the difference. Our staff works with you to ensure your regimen of diet and exercise is perfectly tailored to your life, so you can live the happiest, healthiest version of your life.
Our Effective Weight Loss Plans Are Designed Just For You!
5920 Saratoga Boulevard
Corpus Christi, Texas 78414
Advanced Weight Loss Medical Weight Loss Clinic
THERMiva, ThermiSmooth, Sculpsure, & Bioidentical Hormones!
Read About Our Weight Loss Success Stories!
Credit: Advanced Integrated Health Weight loss is a personal journey that many embark on to better their lives, their health, and themselves. No matter how bad we may wish for it, there isn’t one answer to shedding stubborn weight. There isn’t a perfect plan that...
“Superfoods” are foods that offer high nutritional benefits for minimal calories. This means they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These foods are great to incorporate into one's diet and can make a massive positive impact not only on weight loss,...
Credit: Star Tribune Though we try hard to maintain our weight loss goals, sometimes we can't avoid holiday weight gain. For some, this is enough to make them throw in the towel, but DON'T PANIC! There are easy ways to jump back on track and get right back to that...
Advanced Weight Loss is pleased to announce our B-12 shots! B-12 is a highly important vitamin to many of our bodily functions, but it can also be used to promote weight loss. By increasing energy and metabolism, B-12 is a great way to loose weight alongside your diet...
Credit: Verywellfit Advanced Weight Loss is pleased to announce our Lipotropic Injections! Lipotropic injections are a great way to boost your weight loss and achieve the best version of you in shorter time. They are safe, effective and fast! Read our new page on...
Credit: The Harvard Gazette No matter how much weight someone has to lose, everyone hits a slump in their weight loss journey. They find the pounds aren't spilling off as easily as they once did, and perhaps even stall completely. This can be incredibly frustrating,...