Spotting Fad Diets
There are literally hundreds of different diets that have at one time
or another been promoted as the best approach to losing
weight. Unfortunately, most of them, in their efforts to
succeed, involve omitting certain foods, and sometimes
even entire food groups (for example, high protein diets
suggest eliminating carbohydrates, a significant element
of the recommended eating guidelines based on the food
Fad diets take form in many ways. low-fat , low
carbohydrates , high protein or focusing on one
particular food item such as grapefruit. These diets
lack major nutrients such as dietary
fiber and carbohydrates, as well as selected
vitamins, minerals, and protective phytochemicals, such
as antioxidants (substances found in vegetables which
are protective against disease). Over the long term, by
not receiving the proper amounts of these nutrients, you
may develop serious health problems later in life.
For the food groups that these diets do permit, the
proportions are either well above or well below those
recommended by major health organizations like the
American Heart Association and the American Dietetic
Association, as well as the Surgeon General and the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
Some common claims of these diets include blaming
particular hormones for weight gain, suggesting that
food can change body chemistry, or touting or banning a
particular food. However, they all have one thing in
common: they offer only a temporary solution to what for
many people is a lifelong problem. Once the diet is
stopped, the lost weight is usually regained quickly.
This is because none of these diets teach you how to eat