Almost everyone has tried to diet at some point in their lives, and many of us will actually try a few different diets in a year, never mind a decade. As we look to see what diets can help we almost inevitablycome across the ‘fad’ diet.
These are simply diets that have become popular at that point in time. I am sure many of us have heard of (and maybe even tried) things like the cabbage soup diet. They almost always have a few celebrity endorsements and maybe some sort of doctor claiming that it works.
But in the majority of cases these fad diets are actually harming your health, and will be building up to a pint where you quit them and then gain more weight then you ever actually started with, meaning not only have you not lost weight (at least in the long run), but you have actually gained additional weight that you need to lose – creating a vicious circle.
Why Fad Diets Are Dangerous
So why is it that these fad diets are actually able to gain you weight, and worse, how is it that they are dangerous?
Now we may not all have a deep understanding of what the human body needs, and this isn’t the place for a detailed explanation. But we all know that the body needs certain food types, certain vitamins and minerals, and x amount of calories in order to keep going.
Many fad diets ignore this. They starve us, which will lose us weight as often low calories means weight loss. However this is unsustainableweight loss. Our bodies are no longer getting the nutrients that it needs in order to survive.
Even if it does get what it needs, there is still something called ‘the starvation effect’. Whilst short term the reduced calories leads to weight loss, as time goes on our body gets used to low calories and decides it needs to store what calories it gets (as fat) rather than burning it. So we GAIN fat rather than burn it fat off.