Fad diets make great promises. Give up carbs, eat for your blood type, try South Beach and you’re sure to shed all those unwanted pounds in a few short weeks. Not so fast. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Here are four reasons to steer clear of fad diets and stick to a solid plan of eating whole grains, fruits and veggies while getting a proper amount of exercise to achieve your weight loss goals.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Fad diets make weight loss easy. The truth is weight loss isn’t easy. Most of what you’re losing when you join a one of these quick fixes is water weight or due to a very restricted diet. When you stop the diet and return to your normal eating habits, odds are you’ll gain back the weight you lost and even a little bit more.
Messes with your metabolism. Your body has lots of practice telling you when you should and shouldn’t eat. Fad diets that restructure when you’re allowed or supposed to eat can make long lasting changes to the way you process food.
Miss out on nutrition. Cutting our certain types of foods, like carbs, can lead you to feel tired or low energy as your body doesn’t get the fuel it needs. Dropping red meat means you’re missing out on an essential amino acid only it can provide. Skipping starchy vegetables or dairy can have similar effects. A healthy, well-rounded diet filled with fresh fruits and veggies that are accompanied by whole grains will keep your nutrition on track.
You don’t actually learn anything. Unnaturally restricting your food while on a fad diet won’t help you learn portion control. Taking things away doesn’t teach you to make better choices when everything is available. Figuring out how to incorporate smaller more frequent meals, more leafy vegetables and fewer saturated fats are some of the keys to long term, successful weight loss you can maintain.