Weight Loss and Fad Diets PDF Print Write e-mail
Many people are not meeting their nutrient needs, yet have no problems exceeding their calorie requirements. As a result of this trend, altobesity rates are increasing all over the world. The desire to lose weight has resulted in an endless stream of popular fad diets such as “Atkins, the Zone, Grapefruit, or the Abs.” A fad diet is a highly marketed diet that promises quick weight loss and is usually replaced by another one shortly after its popularity dies down. 
Let’s face it, any diet that is low in calories may work in the short-term, but fad diets don't help you change eating habits for the long-term, which is the most challenging and most important part of achieving a healthy weight so you can enjoy  the benefits of a healthy life. Fad diets, therefore, contribute to “yo-yo dieting,” which is an unhealthy means of the successive loss and re-gain of weight due to perpetual dieting. More importantly, fad diets are often very restrictive and can be very harmful. It is not healthy to cut out any particular food groups, skip meals, or use weight loss supplements. Your body requires a certain amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients on a day-to-day basis.

For a healthy weight loss plan and weight maintenance plan, consult with a registered dietitian or Ask the Experts.