You know the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”. Apply it now! 😉
Before you get all worked up and start your eye rolling about the title of this post, hear me out.
Fad diets DO in fact work (most of the time). If they didn’t, the creators of these so so-called “diets” wouldn’t be raking in money by the millions, publishing books, and selling prepackaged convenience foods.
Do not misunderstand me. I am saying YES they may work….but are they good? Absolutely not.
Fad diets are usually set up as a “one size fits all” sort of deal.
The problem: We are all different! Not everyone will enjoy the menu or even be on the same schedule. Another thing that fad diets are known for is depriving you of something for so long that you just throw in the towel and give up.
Example: Of course if you never eat a carb again in your life you will drop a few lbs! But is that realistic? NO. So….your friend tried Atkins lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks. But when she decides she can’t actually live that way for the rest of her life…what happens? All of that weight creeps back. (PLUS some)
Example: The first few times you eat the prepackaged Cookie Diet “meal”, you may enjoy it. Eat a cookie for lunch everyday for the next two weeks and tell me how you really feel…Bored! Grossed out! Eat a healthy lunch that you can mix up and swap around flavors. YUM! You decide which one is more realistic to live with for more than a few weeks.
So again, fad diets may work….but only temporarily. Dropping weight an unhealthy manner is not only frustrating (because when you start living normally again it all comes back), but fluctuating is also very harsh and unhealthy for your body. Your organs, such as your heart and liver, could be in danger. Fad diets can also be extremely confusing! You try a few, and walk away not knowing what is good or bad for you anymore!!
There are two definitions of the word “diet”.
1. the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
“a vegetarian diet”
2. a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
Stick with definition #1. The word diet should be viewed as your normal daily food consumption….whatever that may be. In reality, it shouldn’t be the scary word that it is made out to be!
When trying to change your body shape, weight, or energy level, you should be seeking a “lifestyle change”…not definiton #2. Finding ways to be healthier that you can actually live by forever and be happy is optimal. Your body will transform on its own with your very own combination of foods and exercise that suits YOU.
Where can you start? This subject is so important to me, this is the second time I am posting about it!! It always comes up daily in conversations with clients since they are so incredibly confused on what is good or bad to eat after reading about all these one-sided diet plans. Head over to these blogs for more information and guidelines on where you can begin shaping your lifestyle into a healthier one!!
Kick fad diets out of your life once and for all! They are an unhealthy waste of your time. Learn about yourself and create your own healthy lifestyle. It will last forever, and it will work.