Why Fad Diets Are Not The Best Way To Lose Weight

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Why Fad Diets Are Not The Best Way To Lose Weight

Nearly everyone has heard horror stories of why fad diets aren’t the best way to lose weight – so why does it seem as though as soon as a new diet pops up, people flock to it?

If you’re desperate for fast results, keep this list of reasons why fad diets fail in mind:

Fad diets stress deprivation. Most of the time, the reason a fad diet appears to work is the restricted number of calories a person is permitted to eat while on it. This deprivation can’t go on, both for health reasons and because a person will eventually get tired of starving and will go back to their normal diet.

Fad diets tend to restrict healthy foods. One of the biggest fad diets in recent history was the low-fat diet, which has since been proven misguided and unhealthy. That diet restricted both unhealthy and healthy fats while stressing the consumption of carbs and excess sugar. It also ushered in the age of high obesity rates. Coincidence? Probably not.

Fad diets don’t stress exercise. Fad diets tend to eat away muscle mass while leaving exercise at the side of the road. This combination means less lean muscle, which means less chance of burning fat.

Fad diets are just that: Fads. Much like your acid-washed jeans and banana clips, these diets eventually go out of style because – let’s face it – they’re not a great idea in the first place. Eventually, everyone sits around wondering what they were thinking when they followed them.

The best way to lose weight is not to go to extremes, but instead to find a lifestyle that is both healthy and sustainable. Regular exercise, smaller portion sizes and increased consumption of lean protein, vegetables, and healthy fats will result in better results in the long term.


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