How to spot a FAD diet
Juicing. Fasting. Low-carb. No-carb. No sugar. No white foods. No fruit. No fat. High fat. Low cal. No cal. Pills. Powders. Herbs. Extracts. Creams. Gels. Lotions. Potions. Feeding tubes (yes…feeding tubes).
AAUGH!! Don’t you just want to scream like Charlie Brown?! The thought of putting yourself through yet another fad diet is enough to make you crazy, isn’t it? My wish for you is that you vow to never diet again. But if you are tempted to try the ‘latest and greatest’, lose-5-pounds-in-5 days, crazy new diet of the month, at least read on to learn what makes a diet a fad diet.
You can feel pretty confident that it’s a fad diet if it:
- Eliminates or strictly limits entire food groups (i.e. fruits, grains, fats, etc.)
- Sounds too good to be true (i.e. ‘Lose weight without exercise!’)
- Drastically cuts calories
- Requires you to take special pills, powders or herbs
- Promises rapid weight loss (i.e. ‘Lose 5 pounds in 5 days!’)
- Requires you to replace meals with special food bars or drinks
The best weight reduction plan is one that:
- You can safely follow for the rest of your life
- Doesn’t require you to ‘give up’ any food or food group
- Makes room for a variety of food (yes, even chocolate)
- Doesn’t leave you feeling deprived
- Fills you with energy!
- Focuses on health, NOT weight
- Fuels your body and soul
I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the first three letters of the word ‘diet’, spell DIE. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?