Fitness Tips: Fad diets to avoid at all costs

During my time as an internet moderator for a weight loss support group, I’ve learned a lot about fad diets. Before joining the group, I had absolutely no clue what intermittent fasting was or how ketosis actually worked.

The group I moderate has nearly 10,000 members from around the globe. It’s a great group. But I’m not going to share it with you because it’s on an adult website. And that’s all the information you need to know about that 🙂 I’ve wanted to leave the site many times – I joined it in 2008. But I stay for the two groups I run on PCOS and weight-loss. Otherwise, the site is terrible. From this description, you might even know what I’m talking about.

As time went on and I chatted with some regular group members, I learned some invaluable lessons that not only helped with my own eating habits, but also helped me to gain a better grasp on what is healthy and what isn’t healthy.

What is a healthy diet?

The term “healthy” is subjective and will differ from case to case. Even medical professionals have a difficult time coming to an agreement. Things that have been proven to work for many people and help keep weight off in the long-term are:

  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Keto (ketosis) – this is often used to manage patients with diabetes
  • Vegetarian diet or the Mediterranean diet
  • Or using services like Weight Watchers to help lose weight

But with the good, comes the very bad.

Why you should avoid fad diets

It seems like every week someone comes into the group and asks about the latest fad diet. Today, it was the egg diet – something I had never heard of and had to look up.

In this post, I’ll go over some of the most common fad diets that we get asked about. Why you should avoid fad diets?

Because they are often counter-productive. Losing weight fast, makes it that much faster to put it back on. When you return to normal eating habits after following a fad diet, you will more than likely put the weight you lost back on – plus more.

Trust me. I speak from experience.

There is a lot of debate on what makes a fad diet a fad. For me, we can usually blame the media on fad diets. Or maybe your favorite celebrity is pushing the latest gimmick or wants you to invest in some expensive supplements.

Fad diets to avoid

Carnivore Diet

The carinvore diet mostly involves eating meat and restricting other foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products and grains. The problem with this is that it isn’t sustainable for the long run. Eating a meat only diet may help with things like boosting your iron (red meat). But whole foods such as fruits and vegetables are an important part of your daily diet. They provide a wealth of vitamins and nutrients that you need to stay healthy.

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The Egg Diet

This one shocked me. The egg diet, as it was explained to me, consists of eating six eggs a day. Three for breakfast. Three for lunch. Oatmeal for dinner and apples as a snack. Or some kind of variation of this..

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Let me pick this diet apart for you. For one, there’s no vegetables included in this diet. For two, it doesn’t sound like nearly enough calories. A large egg would be roughly 150 to 190 calories each – that’s about 900 calories just in eggs. Oatmeal is what – 200 calories for about a cup depending on the brand. Apples are less than 100 calories. So, that’s less than 1200 calories daily. That’s NOT enough for you to maintain your energy during the day

I love eggs myself and try and eat more during the week. But the dangers of eating too many eggs? This could affect your blood pressure or cholesterol levels depending on your medical history. Don’t forget the sulfur burps and farts that can come with eating too many eggs. I also speak from experience on this one. It is nasty.

The Water Diet

I’m not going to go into great detail on this one. I wrote an article the other day on the dangers of going without food for extended periods of time. The gist of this diet is that it involves eating NO food at all for 30 days.

I surveyed a group of medical professionals for their input and responses varied. There were even disagreements into what is considered a healthy fasting period.

The majority of the group seemed to agree that fasting for longer than 72 hours at a time is unhealthy. If you read my article on Fasting vs. Starvation, you’ll get a better understanding of why the water diet is not healthy.

So, what now?

The more that I focus on my own fitness challenge and health, the more excited I am to share my research with you. Even though I am not a health expert, I feel that I have a lot of information that could help others. And perhaps, if I meet my fitness goals, I could even work to becoming a fitness coach.

I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t. I’m currently trying the 16:8 schedule for intermittent fasting. It seems to be working. I have more energy. I’m sleeping better. While weight loss progress has been minimal, I can see it in my face that I’m dropping the pounds. I feel probably the best that I have in months.

I’ve got a long way to go. The key to losing weight is being patient. I know. I know. That’s so challenging. You want to see progress fast. But take it from me.

Losing weight slowly in a healthy manner will help you to develop the lifestyle changes you need in order to keep the weight off for the long-haul.

Rome wasn’t built in a day.

You didn’t gain weight over night. It’s going to be a tough journey for you. Just have patience. Allow yourself treats now and then. And don’t become obsessed with counting calories.

I’ll add some more fitness articles and tips on what can help you with your weight loss struggle.

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