Many professionals have recently proclaimed that fad diets should never have been advocated by people in their community. Some of the fad diets that were popular in the past are considered nothing more than quackery now.
This is primarily due to the dozens of absolutely insane diet regimens that starve the body of calories and nutrition, causing the body to hold on to every calorie you put into your mouth. Therefore, the weight you lose is never long-term and can actually harm your body rather than help it.
Increases in intense and effective marketing tactics used over the years caused these fad diets to become very popular. Women were bombarded by testimonials and photos of people who had experienced radical changes and incredible weight loss.
One of the people who used one of these diets was Oprah Winfrey. She went on the Optifast diet where her only source of nourishment for four months was liquids. She shed a whopping 67 pounds as a result. But everyone in America knows what happened when she began eating food again. She says that she now deeply regrets doing the show where she extolled the virtues of this diet after she had lost the weight and was celebrating that weight loss. Her celebration was short lived because she gained all of the weight back, plus more.
Why Fad Diets Aren’t Good for You
The problem is that once you severely restrict your consumption of calories and the body begins to hold onto every calorie you do eat, it continues to do that when you begin eating normally again. Almost always, you will gain back more weight than you lost on a fad diet.
It is better to find an eating plan that is based on healthy lifestyle changes rather than fads. It you are presented with a shocking plan that doesn’t allow for some flexibility, then carefully analyze whether or not it will be healthy for you and help you keep the weight off long-term.
It’s important that you be able to eat in restaurants occasionally, indulge in your favorite foods once in a while, and to be able to eat on a schedule that is in alignment with your life’s events.
Instead of saying that you are “on a diet,” it is better to adopt new eating habits that you can live with forever. If what you’re considering doesn’t seem to be a plan you can live with forever, you will be better off to look for one that does.