Why Fad Diets Are Not The Right Way To Get Healthy

Fad diets have always been around and will probably always be around as long as there are humans populating the earth.

However, this doesn't mean that they are healthy - far from it. Fad diets are one of the most dangerous things that you can participate in and whether it’s the Atkins Diet, the Paleo Diet or one of the many other diets out there claiming to give instant results without doing any exercise or the other bizarre claims that they make.

So in this post, we are going to share with you why fad diets are not the right way to get healthy in the hopes that we can help you avoid them and make better choices for your health without being tempted into a fad diet.

They make unrealistic claims:

If you've ever looked at the infomercial or any other type of advertising material for a fad diet you'll see that they often make bold and beautiful claims often featuring people with perfect figures on the where they’re drinking shakes or eating protein bars whilst working out, this is not realistic and what they're promoting is actually quite dangerous for the body.

If anyone ever claims that you can lose a lot of weight in a very short period of time, it’s important to remember that the body is not designed to be able to do this in a way that’s sustainable and healthy - if you’re uncomfortable with your body weight, then you may want to look at your lifestyle choices, for example, people who cut back on alcohol or give up on alcohol often find that sober weight gain is one of the quicker effects that the body face.

This doesn't mean it's unhealthy weight, and the body also has a way of working this back off and this is a totally different type of weight gain than the type that you would get from eating certain types of foods. Maintaining a healthy body weight is something that has to take work and be done over time - it's not something that can come within 30-days from going on a fad diet, and although you may see weight loss in the short-term, the long-term health risks are simply not worth it.

They often lack research:

Many of these fad diets that are on the market are nothing more than opinions at best, and downright dangerous at worst - they lack research or scientific backing, and if you do see any backing behind them, you sometimes have to look a bit further to see where they're being funded and perhaps used to push a certain agenda - this is not to say that all are falling into this category, but it's often the case, and so if you're going to pursue any kind of diet or lifestyle change, then you really have to look into what is going to work for you and check the research behind it, because the truth is, everybody's body is different and there's no one way of eating that suits everyone.

They focus on extremes:

A healthy lifestyle is all about balance, and fad diets are the complete opposite of anything that is balanced - they're all about the extremes, they often demonize and cut out complete food groups that contain essential nutrients and vitamins for the body in order to be healthy, and this is dangerous in and of itself, so if you are looking at a diet or a change in lifestyle then the best approach is to go with something that incorporates as much balance as possible. Of course you may find that you have a certain intolerance or dislike to a food group that doesn't really work well with your body and that's completely fine.


  1. I did not know all these about Fad diets. Thanks for sharing all useful info.