Fad diets are insane

I’m so sick of hearing people promote fad diets like they actually work.

There’s Atkins, South Beach, no salt diet, only tomato juice, grapefruit and red meat. I’ve heard of a lot of them over the years. I’ve never actually tried any of them (I’m too smart for that). Here’s a website that lists a bunch the popular fad diets, some pretty funny (i.e. the amputation diet).

The picture below accurately represents the people who choose those diets.

I’ve witnessed people actually losing weight on these insane diets. They’re insane because the dieters always, always gain it back. And, what does it cost? These types of diets are a detriment to their health.

Livestrong says (in more technical wording) Sure, losing weight is beneficial, but you may increase your health risks by following a fad diet! Fad diets restrict the amount of calories and nutrients you take in, which can lead to no energy and undernutrition (no exercise for you). Consuming too few calories from carbs and too many calories from saturated fat could increase your risk for life-threatening conditions, such as diabetic ketosis and cardiovascular disease (yikes!). PLUS, removing certain foods and not replacing them with other foods that contain similar amounts of vitamins or minerals can lead to nutritional deficiencies and consequent metabolic problems (i.e. easier weight gain in the future)

See? Totes bad for you. Most of these people know they’re bad for you but they still do it. Why? Does the desperation to lose the weight trump long term health? Maybe. One positive thing about fad diets is that you will lose weight fast. However, you will also lose weight fast if you amputate your arm, apparently a good 10-25 lbs!

Despite my best efforts to talk these people into eating healthy and exercising, fad diets seem to be the path most traveled. If you ask me, these people are insane by the very definition (according to the great Ben Franklin): “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

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