Fad Diets (& Why They Don’t Work)

Fad Diets Don't Work

Considering a fad diet? Remember, there’s a reason they’re called “fad diets.” Foods or pills don’t magically burn fat. No products will miraculously melt fat while you watch TV or sleep. Looking for long-term weight loss? Fad diets aren’t your answer, and they could very well jeopardize your health severely.

  • Fad diets promote a quick solution to weight loss
    • Does not focus on the health of your body or mind
    • “Healthy” is not defined by physical appearance
  • Why they don’t work:
    • Often limit/eliminate certain food groups
    • Elimination of food groups make a diet unsustainable
    • Typically, after diet “ends” people regain the weight that was lost as they tend to overindulge in foods that were restricted
    • During the diet period, people often lose muscle mass which is directly related to metabolism
      • As muscle mass decreases, metabolic rate decreases
      • Tip: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • How does it contribute to disordered eating?
    • Causes categorization of foods such as “healthy” or “unhealthy”
    • Can cause feelings of guilt/shame when you do indulge in foods that are “not part of the diet”
    • Takes the enjoyment out of food and meal times
  • So what does work?
    • A balanced diet that includes ALL foods in moderation
    • Eating intuitively…if you feel hungry that is your body telling you it needs nourishment!
    • Our nutrient intake does not only affect us physically but also mentally
      • To stay in a good headspace, you must nourish your body with what it needs
      • This directly affects your personality and emotional well-being

Authored by Emily Baum, M.S., RDN, LD