3 Problems with Fad Diets

I'm sure you've been there.

All excited about starting a new diet. You've bought all the 'good foods'. You've planned your meals for the week. This is going to be it.  Your awesome looking body starts here.

But it's not long before that excitement starts to wane.

Maybe you hit the weekend and you really want a glass of wine or a pudding. 

Maybe you got a few weeks into the diet but your cravings are starting to take over and you just can't concentrate on anything else. 

Maybe you feel run down and you can't quite get going.

Does this mean you're a failure?

Absolutely not.

It's likely you're on a fad diet and there are problems with fad diets. Want to know what they are? 

Problems with Fad Diets: Lots of Examples

There are lots of examples of fad diets.

Some require you to cut out food groups, carbs or fat. Some require you to consume only one proper meal a day, the other two being replaced by a cookie, a shake or some kind of snack bar. One requires you not to cook your food.

Hell, one diet encourages you to take sedatives. Because obviously when you're sleeping you're not eating.

So what is the problem with fad diets?

Well I'll tell you ...

1. Problems with Fad Diets: They're Not Sustainable

Problems with Fad Diets: They're not sustainable

You just can't stick to them in the long term. And if you can't do that, they are never going to lead to a permanent solution to weight loss.

If you've got cravings, they've either come cutting out whole food groups, or cutting your calories too low.

You see, your body needs a certain amount of calories to function. Similar to a car. You need to put fuel into your car, if you don't put enough in, your car won't function properly.

So if you've cut your calories, your body will start to scream for food. And that's cravings. You generally crave sugar when you're hungry because sugar provides a quick hit of energy.

And if you're anything like me, once you give in to your cravings, well that's it for the day, at least.  'I'll start again tomorrow, or Monday'.

This doesn't mean you're a failure. You're not weak willed, or not dedicated enough. It's very unlikely that anyone would be able to stick to a restrictive diet for the long term.

So whether it's due to cravings, hunger, cost or you just can't eat cabbage soup any longer. Fad diets are not sustainable.

2. Problems with Fad Diets: They're Not Healthy

If you've cut out a whole food group, or you've cut down on the number of meals you're eating you're also going to cut out crucial vitamins and minerals.

Most of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to feel amazing come from the food we eat. If you're limiting that food, you'll also be limiting nutrients.

Low fat diets often lack vitamins A, D, E and K.

Low carb diets often lack vitamins C, E and fibre.

You might be replacing meals with a shake, snack bar or cookie. But these are highly processed. Yes, they may contain recommended level of nutrients, but they are chemically produced.

Not natural.

And they also contain preservatives and flavourings. Some of which are nutrient stealers. Therefore, nullifying any, small amount of goodness you get.

Food should come first. You shouldn't rely on supplements to get the nutrients you need.

Leave the supplements for the things you can't get from food. Either because you don't like it, or because it causes you problems.

3. Problems with Fad Diets: You Don't Learn About Yourself

The main problem with fad diets ... you don't learn about yourself. You don't learn what your body needs, likes and wants. You follow a prescribed way of eating that is very generic and has a one-size-fits-all mentality.

But you're different.

You're different to everyone else, so the diet you're on, or thinking about starting, may not work for you. And if it doesn't work for you it's going to make sticking to it even harder. This is the ultimate reason fad diets are never sustainable, not healthy and don't lead to permanent weight loss.

They don't take into account you as an individual.

Problems with Fad Diets: Your Own Diet

So if you ever find yourself saying 'I need to do such and such a diet again because it worked for me the last time'. You were probably on a fad diet and news flash, if you need to do it again, it didn't work the first time.

Whichever way you look at it, fad diets aren't healthy.

You may reach your target weight but it's very unlikely you'll be able to keep it off.

Learn about yourself, what works for you, how much food you need, and you'll not only reach your target weight, you'll be able to keep it off, and you'll feel amazing.

Yes, it will take longer, but it's worth it.

If you want advice on healthy weight loss then contact me.