Fad diets can be tempting when you have weight you want to lose yesterday – but we promise that quick fixes will cause more harm than good. In the end, the cycle of trying gimmicks and new “hype” trends will bring you right back to where you started in the first place.
Read on for our reasons why you should steer clear of fad dieting for good!
- They’re a Short-Term Solution
Most fad diets are designed to be sustained only for short periods of time. This means that when you go back to your regular eating habits…you weight will come back as well. Don’t send your body the wrong message with yo-yo dieting – instead, treat it healthy consistently!
- You’re Not Losing Fat
Even if you are able to achieve a major weight loss on a fad diet, chances are that it isn’t actually fat you’ve lost. It’s likely that your decrease in numbers on the scale is due to a loss of water weight. Wouldn’t you rather gain lean muscle and lose fat for good?
- They’re No Fun
Think of the last restrictive diet you were on…chances are you weren’t in the best of moods due to the low calories and lack of nutrients. If there’s no fun in the routine you’re trying to stick to, it’s more than likely that you won’t be able to sustain it for very long. If you develop a healthy and fun relationship with food, it will be a positive part of your life – and it won’t feel like a chore you dread.
So what are some of our go-to tips to replace fad diets?
- Lose the word “diet!” – start thinking less about short-term fixes and more about long-term, maintainable lifestyle changes.
- Set realistic goals and trust in the process – slow progress is still progress.
- Don’t deprive yourself! Moderation, not deprivation. Keep your diet full of nutrient-dense, whole foods but remember it’s okay to indulge every now and then on special occasions.