Whether your being told to live off juices or avoid any enjoyable food you can imagine, we’ve all heard of at least one ludicrous old wives tale to magically transform you into a VS model.
Here we’ll call them fad diets.
A ‘fad diet’ is any kind of diet that promises super quick or even instant results – usually through extreme measures of enforcing an unhealthy and unbalanced diet.
Check out this post from UPMC.com that hits the nail on the head about Determining A Fact from Fad.
Here is a short list of our reasons why fad diets just aren’t for you.
They deny your body nutrients
Cabbage soup diet.
Sounds heavenly doesn’t it?
This 7 day food plan claims to lose you up to 10lbs with it’s extremely low fat low cal soup diet.
Yes, cabbages are jam packed with fibre and antioxidants such as vitamin C, but guess what? You’re body runs on a lot more than that.
Not only is this diet bland, it’s lacking the proteins and healthy fats necessary for your body to function!
Unless you want to risk dizziness, constant vomiting and stomach pains we’d recommend you steer clear of this one.
This diet also makes it really hard to control blood sugar levels, making it really unsafe for diabetics.
They target your insecurities
A huge reason why fad diets are so popular is the growing pressure for people to have as little fat on them as possible.
People who focus on desperately achieving a smaller frame rather than take on the difficulty of a healthy lifestyle are the most susceptible to these misleading, money-grabbing campaigns.
We covered more on how to gain body confidence in this article.
You don’t actually lose fat
You’re body actually burns calories in stages – meaning the majority of the weight you DO lose is water weight.
Soooo.. you’re not only wasting your time but your also dehydrating yourself.
Note: being dehydrated actually makes you more prone to binge eating!!
You’ll exhaust yourself
We’ve all became so obsessed with the idea of lowering our caloric intake that we forget the purpose of them!
The calories we eat translate into the energy we need for our body to function.
So good luck getting through that long day at work because there’s a good chance you’ll be asleep at the desk.
The unfortunate truth is, the health industry is just that – an industry. Because of this there is a hell of a lot of misleading marketing going on behind the scenes.
In another article we talked about misleading ‘health foods’ – check it out here.