Commercial diets have consistently been popular for people with the simple goal of shedding a few pounds. These diets are typically packaged as low-calorie diets, juice fasts, soup-only diets, and so on and so forth.
It can be easy to fall for the promise of losing “x” amount of weight in “x” amount of days. Unfortunately, these diets all offer a “money back guaranteed” offer for a reason. Many people don’t achieve the weight loss they’re looking for with these types of diets.
There are a number of reasons why fad diets don’t work for someone looking to shed a few pounds. Here are a few reasons to stay away from the “latest and greatest” fad diet:
It’s All About Deprivation
Fad diets all tend to have one important thing in common: they all involve some form of depriving your body of a food that you’ve otherwise been used to consuming. The focus on taking something away can be tough on both a physical and a mental level.
Whether it’s a goal of “no fats for a month” or limiting yourself to just 1,000 calories of intake everyday, these fad diets are only designed for a person to sustain this specific type of eating for a short time. Afterwards, your body will need much more input to compensate for the loss. As a result, the results you’ll see from a fad diet will most likely by short-term gains only.
They Don’t Foster Long-Term Health
Let’s take this example: You’re sitting on the couch and a commercial for the latest fad diet comes onto your screen. The advertisement promises that you’ll be able to lose 15 pounds in just over a month. If you’d like to be 15 pounds lighter, the prospect of this diet might sound perfect to you.
Now let’s consider this scenario: After completing your month-long diet, and achieving your desired weight loss, you’re feeling so malnourished and low on energy that you begin eating nearly everything in sight once again. Would you still go for the fad diet if you knew that, two years from now, you’d have gained that 15 pounds back, plus an additional 10 pounds that you weren’t carrying before.
While short-term diets have been proven to help you lose anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of your body weight, the problem lies in the fact that, once their month is up, most people will quickly return to their original eating habits.
In a study where researchers significantly reduced their subjects’ caloric intake, results were measured after five years had gone by and they found that 83 percent of subjects actually showed more weight gained than had originally been lost with the fad diet!
The Dangers of Weight Cycling
If you start to stack short-term diet after short-term diet on top of each other, you could begin to experience a negative side effect known as weight cycling. Putting your body through these types of short-term weight swings can actually make you more predisposed to obesity over the long run.
When all is said and done, a long-term strategy that’s committed to eating healthy and mixing in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities is the best way to maintain your ideal body weight and stay healthy for years to come!