They’ve been around for decades now, well, they’ve probably been around since the human race started munching on the wrong types of food – the (dreaded) fad diet!
I’m not being sexist here, but the female side of the race seem to fall for them more frequently. Get a bikini body within a month, fit into those jeans before that party Friday night, lose that belly flab within 7 days…the list of promises goes on and on…
But why do these sorts of diets seem to fail so miserably, time after time?
They are carefully designed and most of the time they have good science behind them!
Let’s take a closer look at why most fad diets fail…
Most Are Not Sustainable
The promise of a lot of these fad diets seems to drive overweight individuals to do just about anything. Live on cabbage for a fortnight, drink gallons of lemon water (and end up with a terrible stomach for the duration), cut out everything except breathing, consume masses of Red Bull…and in some cases – grab yourself a nice smoking habit!
To be honest, in most cases, these diets do work…but KEEPING the weight off long term is near enough impossible! Cravings will always kick in, and there’s your general overall health levels to consider.
Long story short – in most cases these types of diets are not sustainable.
Most of Them Are Not Exactly ‘Great’ For Your Health
Unfortunately there are no real ‘short cuts’ when it comes to losing weight successfully. At the end of the day – a quick fix is going to be detrimental to your health.
A large majority of the poorer fad diets involve starving yourself of foods you really need. Sure, a lot of them promote sticking to a healthy option, but you are going to need more nourishment than that!
Sitting about eating melon and salads for a month is only going to slow down your metabolism, and make you lose essential body fluids, like water.
This may well make you feel like a million bucks – all of a sudden you look like you’ve lost a stone!!!!
But the majority of this weight is made up of water…and it will return.
Bright Shiny Objects
A lot of these modern fad diets are what I call ‘bright shiny objects’ – they are designed to say all the right things and press the right buttons within overweight individuals!
Think about this question for a minute – how long did it take you to put on all this weight you want to lose?
If it took this long to put that sort of weight on – why will it drop off so quickly when you start a diet?
Remember – if it appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. Putting on weight is a LOT easier than dropping the same amount of weight!
If Your Lifestyle Doesn’t Change – Neither Will Your Weight!
The modern diets that we promote on this site all have one thing in common – they concentrate on changing an individual’s lifestyle to get weight loss results.
Overweight individuals have usually adopted pretty bad eating habits along the line somewhere – these need to change if that person is to lose weight and keep it off!
The negative lifestyle changes most of us pick up are key to the weight we gain, especially when we reach the dreaded 40!
To lose weight successfully you are going to have to change your lifestyle and stick to this change. Any diet that promises weight loss without lifestyle change is essentially robbing you of your money!
What About Cardio?
The most worrying aspect about a lot of these fad diets is the fact that they completely ignore any sort of exercise regime. Losing weight and a decent workout go hand in hand – period.
To be honest with you – running seems to be the only weight loss answer that works for me, always has been! It’s cheap, easy enough to get into and the results are tremendous.
Exercise is a great way to strengthen muscles and create a sweat, which in turn, rids our bodies of all those nasty toxins from shitty foods!
The Psychology Links
When you’ve had a bad day at work and the whole world seems against you, depression and stress step in. Now, going home to a boiled chicken salad ain’t gonna do this emotional turmoil any good!
When we are suitably pissed off we crave foods that are maybe a bit fattier – a nice burger and fries or a pizza etc.
Chomping down on rabbit food is only going to make you more depressed, so, fad diets actually make our cravings for junk food a lot stronger than they normally would be!
Most Fad Diets Fail Because…
…Of all the points we’ve covered above…but what are your experiences with these types of diets?
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