With obesity predicted to affect more than 50 percent of the population in the next 40 years, the reign of ‘celebrity diets’ and ‘quick weight loss schemes’ has become more popular than ever. From the apple cider diet to the Zone diet to the 5 Factor diet, each and every one of these weight loss fads claims to help you lose weight fast and increase vitality.
But can they really help you lose weight?
Sometimes… In addition to helping you achieve an immediate 1-2 pound water weight loss, 90% of slimmers have reported a small weight loss of only 1-3 pounds before leveling off after 2 weeks.
What’s more puzzling, once dieters stopped following these fad diets, they soon regained all of the excess weight they had originally lost.
What are the long-term health risks of these fads?
There is a price to pay for the quick results of a fad diet. For starters, while many of these celebrity fads can help dieters witness rapid weight loss, almost all of them can’t be worn (safely) for more than 2 weeks.
Depriving your body of essential nutrients needed to ensure your body receives the energy it needs to function properly, many involve reducing your calorie intake to less than 1,000 calories per day, more than half of your recommended intake.
Supported by extreme workouts and grueling calorie control, many of these aforementioned diet fads run the health risk of leaving you dizzy, tired, unable to focus, and most worryingly, keeping you from functioning properly, everything you need. which is bad for your health.
How can you spot a fad diet?
Fad diets are easier to spot than you might think. Offering you an immediate solution to your weight loss problems, you can often distinguish a fad diet by its:
- too good to be true affirmations
- Lack of clinical trials
- Elimination of one or more of the five recommended food groups
- Recommendations of studies without reviews from other researchers.