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Fad diet

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Fad diet refers to those diet patterns that fulfil your short term weight loss gaols with crash dieting. So you can enjoy the benefits temporarily.


Attributes of fad diet


Fad diet are immensely popular because they attract people with the mantra, “quick and easy weight loss”. Thus, many people resort to fad diet as a quick fix option to their weight problems

Calorie restrictions

Quite certainly they are very low in calories. Some diet allow you to consume only 200-500 calories in day, wherein your daily intake should be somewhere between 1500-2000 calories.

Fancy food products

Many companies sell fancy products which are touted to cut down pounds randomly, to cure a specific disease or to express a specific lifestyle. People opt for such products and end up paying some good many dollars.

Elimination of foods

A wide range of foods are eliminated from your diet, which are actually healthy but are proposed to be harmful. Your choice of food is narrowed, which makes fad diet nutrition deprived. 

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Different categories of fad diets

Low / No carbohydrate diet

As the name suggests, the diet entails eating foods very low in carbohydrates or totally devoid of carbohydrates. Popular fad diets under this category are: 

  • Atkins diet
  • South Beach diet
  • Sugar Busters
  • The Zone
  • The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet


High Carbohydrate / Low Fat

As the name suggests you need to consume foods high in carbohydrates and proteins and low in fats. This diet however is no gainer. Some examples of this fad diet are: 

  • Dr. Dean Ornish: Eat More, Weigh Less
  • The Good Carbohydrate Revolution
  • The Pritikin Principle

Combined diet

This type of fad diet stresses on combining foods of low and high calories and it could be blend of carb-fats-proteins. It could also be designed as per your blood type.

Some examples are: 

  • The Blood Type Diet
  • Fit for Life
  • Suzanne Somers' Somersizing
  • Grapefruit diet
  • Banana diet

Liquid diet

You need to consume only liquids for a certain span of time to lose weight drastically. It is an extremely low calorie diet.

The choices are: 

  • Cabbage soup diet
  • Juice fasting diet
  • Master cleanse diet
  • Cambridge Diet
  • Slim-Fast

There are numerous other types of fad diet patterns apart from those mentioned above having their own special characteristics and benefits.


Pros and cons of fad diets

The only benefit is it makes you lose weight quickly. You gain a moment of joy when you see yourself toned down and your clothes fit in perfectly in your body. 

Coming to the disadvantages, fad diets are not effective in the long run and are monotonous. You cannot survive healthily on low calories for an extended term. Dizziness, weakness, fatigue, etc. are bound to occur after few days. The worst effect is you gain weight randomly when you get back to your normal eating pattern.


Bottom Line about Fad diets

Fad diets are certainly not recommended. The best way to maintain your weight is by eating balanced diet that includes healthy varieties of foods of adequate portion size and ensures appropriate nutrition for your body. 

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: July 06, 2014

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