Do Fad Diets Work?
Have you ever thought about loosing weight? Have you heard of that great new diet with quick and easy results? Do any of these fad diets really work or are they all bogus? These are questions I hear all the time and I often find myself asking the same questions when hearing about the latest of these fad diets.
A new review done on big name diets has found that all of the diets studied seemed to help people loose weight in the short term, but none had lasting results. The review found that big name diets like Atkins, Weight Watchers, and the Zone were all modestly effective over a one-year period. Patients lost 4-10 pounds on average when these diets were compared against each other.
The South Beach diet did not do as well, and scored no better than traditional advice on low-fat eating.
However, looking over a two-year period, people on Weight Watchers or Atkins often gained back weight they had lost.
What it means:
Before you go on a brand name diet, be sure it is something you can live with for the long haul. Some of these diets are very expensive and may not yield better results over traditional dietary advice.
These fad diets can be effective in the short term to help loose 5-10 pounds, but remember that these are only short-term solutions and a starting point to move toward a healthier diet and lifestyle.
A long-term healthy diet should not deplete your body of nutrients, protein, carbohydrates, and essential fats.
You should be exercising daily. To meet the calorie needs burned during exercise you will need proper nutrition and a diet that deprives you of carbohydrates may leave you feeling exhausted.
Remember that loosing weight is not easy. You need patience and continued effort to make it work. You did not gain the extra weight you have in one day and you can’t expect to loose it all overnight with a quick fix.
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
Renee Atallah, M.Sc., research assistant, Center for Clinical Epidemiology, Jewish General Hospital/McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Jim White, R.D.N., spokesperson, National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Nov. 11, 2014, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, online