5 ways to identify fad diets

All About Fad Diets

My diet starts Monday.

Sound familiar? Well it was my mantra for many years as I yo-yo’d through a ton of fad diets. I swapped meals for shakes, I counted points, I obsessed over calories, I measured, I ate meals that left me hungry & unsatisfied and I hated every minute. I started and re-started, always looking for that ‘perfect’ diet and always hopeful that someday I would lose the weight and finally have a normal life.

I know I am not alone. The diet industry is a billion dollar industry but current statistics show that our society is heavier than ever. There are hundreds, if not thousands of fad diets out there, all promising amazing results and yes, some of them definitely deliver amazing short-term results.

Sadly, most of them are not sustainable so all the work we did, all the sacrifices we made to lose that weight or fit into that bikini get lost as we go back to eating normally. And then when we are frustrated with the weight we have gained, we go back through the cycle again.

I can always tell a fad diet because they include some or all of the following:

  • Extreme calorie deficit
  • Instant compliance & complete transformation of your diet on day one
  • No need to exercise
  • Magic supplements, diet teas/wraps etc
  • Extreme restrictions (sometimes taking away whole food groups)

Sure, they promise the world if we stick to their plan. But seriously, who wants to do this forever? No one. Which is why we stop and start diets so often. And why we have so many funny memes about our diets starting on Monday, or January 1st or next month. Right?

The hard part is this cycle is part of our culture. We are taught that this is the only way to lose weight and most of us don’t question the norm. At least not until we have ‘failed’ at a number of diets and are fed up with dieting in general.

Consistent restrictive dieting does more than punish us mentally. It can impact our health, our metabolism and our overall quality of life. In women, long-term dieting and consistent under-eating has been associated with hormonal imbalances that have a significant impact on our health & energy levels. If this sounds like you, before you start another diet I strongly recommend you consult with your doctor and either a nutrition coach like me – or a nutritionist to help you create a healthier and more balanced approach to eating.

the dieting cycle

As a health and nutrition coach, I often get asked which diet I recommend. Well, to be honest, I don’t recommend a specific diet. Why? Because I don’t believe in a one size fits all diet mentality. Just because the Keto diet is working for one client doesn’t mean it will work for another. Each person is unique and has different food stories, fitness levels and lives. I believe the lifestyle should fit the person – not the other way around.

This is why I have created a nutrition hub with free nutrition guides to help women improve their health and reach their weight loss goals without restrictive dieting. I add to it on a regular basis so be sure to check back on a regular basis to get my new guides and nutritional content.

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