Diets are a multimillion dollar a year industry. As such, it’s no surprise that this industry—in the interests of self-preservation—is constantly churning out one new diet after another. To be fair, it’s not like there isn’t consumer demand for such diets. People are always looking for an easier, quicker way to lose weight. And it’s hard to blame them. Losing weight can be a lot of work—and it’s not something we all necessarily have time or energy for. An easier way to get the body we want is definitely appreciated. But not all of those means are actually healthy in the long run, though some of them can be in moderation.
We generally see a new diet fad every few years or so. It sells a lot of books, a lot of talk shows, and a lot of DVDs, then it fades into history. Sometimes, it sticks around a bit longer, sometimes not. So how can you tell which diet is legitimate and which is more of a fad? Now—to be sure—just because a diet is trendy doesn’t mean that there’s no merit behind it. But it’s important to keep in mind that good diets are tried and true, they’re tested. So let’s take a look at a few of these diets and see if we can figure out what’s worth a second look.
For as long as there have been diets, there have been popular fad diets. These trends might have some merit, however.
As always, you should speak to your nutritionist about your diet. Your body is, usually, very good at telling you how it’s doing. Part of your job is to listen. So if you have to undertake a fad diet for short term gain, that’s okay once in a while. Sometimes you’re going to need short term gains. But if you want to make a lifestyle change to bring about a more healthy you, it’s possible you’ll want to choose a more long-term effective strategy. In other words, there are better ways to get long term results than fad diets.
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Average weight loss for 12 months on the Atkins diet is about 10 pounds.
On average, 45 million Americans try some kind of diet each year.
Most diets will last, on average, only 37 days (or 5 weeks and two days)