Fad diet is a diet that will help loss weight by making highly restrictive or unusual food choices. It will also to improve other health advantageous such as longer life, etc. This is mainly targeted to people who need to lose weight without exercise.
The modern fad diet is originated in the 1930s. These diets are generally restrictive, and are characterized by promises of fast weight loss or great physical health, and which are not grounded in sound science.
Different type of Fad diets
- High-protein diets
- Liquid diets
- Grapefruit diet
- Juice or broth fasts
- Food-combining diets
- Crazy for cabbage
This type of diet is often endorsed by celebrities or medical professionals who style themselves. Fad diets may be based completely on pseudoscience. Most fad diets are marketed or described with exaggerated claims, not sustainable in sound science, about the benefits of eating a certain way or the harms of eating other ways. One sign of fad diets is a requirement to purchase associated products and pay to attend seminars in order to gain the benefits of the diet.
Not all fad diets are safe and healthy. Some of the signs that a fad diet is not healthy are,
- Severe constipation or diarrhea
- Muscle cramps
- Mood changes
- Constant hunger
Fad diet may cause many potential problems like poor long-term weight control, reduced athletic performance, kidney stones and gout, etc. Also it will increase the risk of chronic disease, like heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.
According to Boston University School of Medicine, 98% of people who lose weight regain it within 5 years. Many diets fail to produce lasting weight loss because dieters revert to old habits after the end of the diet, many diets are not sustainable, and deprivation of certain foods leads to binge eating.