We’ve all been tempted by them: miracle diets that promise great results. Fad diets are designed to help you lose weight – and fast – but at what cost? While you may know that they’re frustrating, torturous, and difficult to stick to, what you may not know is that fad diets can actually do more harm than good.
Fad diets send your body through a tremendous amount of stress. They can cause your metabolism to drop and lead to muscle loss. They can also cause you to feel weak, tired and lethargic.
Feeling put off yet?
Read on to get the lowdown on fad diets and see why you may want to rethink that popular diet-of-the-month plan.
Unexpected Weight Gain
Say what? Aren’t fad diets designed to help you lose weight? Well yes, in theory – that’s what they promise. But what they don’t advertise is that the weight loss won’t last. This is because fad diets set you up to fail from the start. Usually, they involve extreme restrictions which means that you won’t be getting the nutrients that you need. This will send your body into a temporary weight loss, but then your metabolism will drop, which will cause your weight loss will plateau. Once you drop the diet, your weight will go right back up, sometimes with an additional few pounds.
Fad diets often involve cutting out certain food groups. Unfortunately, you need a well-rounded diet in order to function at your best. Cutting back too drastically could result in nutritional deficiencies which will leave you feeling deprived of energy. Many fad diets also cut out healthy fats, like omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health and can even help you to maintain a healthy weight.
Muscle and Hair Loss
Another risk with fad diets is muscle loss. When your body’s starved for protein, it will look for other ways to get energy. One of these ways of acquiring energy is by digesting your muscles. This is a setback since your muscles actually help you to burn calories, even while resting. If your diet is devoid of protein and nutrients, your hair may also start to get weak and brittle which could cause strands to break and fall out.
While a fad diet may seem enticing, it’s important to keep the truth in mind. A healthier option would be to concentrate on building muscle and eating a well-rounded, nutrient-rich diet full of protein and balanced with healthy fats. Increased muscle tone will boost your metabolism and give you more energy, which will help you to shred the weight off... and keep it off with no harmful side effects.Which fad diets have you seen this year?
Which fad diets have you seen this year?