Posted February 21st, 2019 under Nutrition

What is a fad diet?

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What is a fad diet?

What is a fad diet?

-A fad diet is the kind of diet where you eat very restrictive with few foods or an unusual combination of foods for a short amount of time and often lose weight rapidly. However, it is usually unsustainable, and people get fed-up and start resorting back to their old habits and put the weight back and on and then some. Popular fad diets include atkins, keto diet, south beach, Paleo, gluten-free diet, etc.

The dangers of fad diets:

  1. May leave you hungry, fatigue & weak! Fad diets target those who want to lose weight and FAST so they are restrictive and low in calories so when people are not eating enough for their body’s needs, they will feel weaker, more fatigue and HANGRY! Just because the number on the scale may be dropping that does not necessarily mean it is a good thing because you may be losing from the wrong places like your muscle mass or just water weight. Chronic dieting and over-exercising have a negative affect on your metabolism, hunger levels, energy, mood, sleep, hormone/ reproductive health and body weight. Also, cognitive processes like thinking, coordination and memory are likely to become sluggish and foggy if you are not eating properly.
  2. A low level of ATP production, which is the chemical energy that powers your cells will send signals to the brain that something isn’t right. All these pose negative effects on your resting energy expenditure might increase your risk for thyroid disorders and metabolism.
  3. Under-eating for your body’s needs can trigger a need to increase calorie intake quickly. When you don’t respond to these signals’ studies have found that it is possible to slow down your metabolism, which can make you gain weight.
  4. Fad diets that cut calories too low can decrease your ability to use energy from foods you eat because this sends hormonal signals to your bod to try to preserve energy due to try to preserve energy due to the lack of food.
  5. Can increase stress, guilt and anxiety over food choices. Studies have shown that dieters often feel guilt or shame about failing or falling off the wagon and that shame associated with eating behavior is the strongest predictor of eating disorders.

Be realistic and do what is sustainable and create a healthy lifestyle don’t do it for the short-term do it for the long-term. Be patient…you didn’t get this way over night you won’t reach your goals overnight

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