A fad diet is a weight loss plan or program that promises rapid results without solid scientific backing. These diets offer solutions that are not sustainable long term and more often than not involve cutting out entire food groups or drastically reducing calorie intake.
Most fad diets pose a health or nutrition risk. When food groups are demonised, and internal cues around hunger and fullness ignored, conditions like anorexia and cycles of weight loss followed by weight regain set in.
Unfortunately, there is no magical solution to weight loss and fad diets remove the focus from working on developing the skills to manage diet and weight in a healthy manner and instead lead to frustration and feelings of failure. So how do we identify fad diets and avoid falling into this trap?
Here is a quick checklist.
If it feels like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Remember that working on correcting your eating habits, eating a balanced diet with a variety of nutrient dense foods and regular physical activity is the best approach for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight over time. Here is a link to our psychotherapy program that explores more on correction of eating habits and building a new healthier lifestyle to help in your weight management journey.