A high number of people fall into a fad diet cycle year after year. This type of cycle consists of: a person starting a fad diet, followed by the loss of 8 or more pounds, followed by the conclusion of the fad diet, followed by the re-gaining of the weight they lost, followed by starting a new fad diet. Sounds insane, doesn’t it? Fad diets are harmful, counterproductive, and possibly very dangerous to one’s body. Below are a few reasons they are harmful.
Many fad diets work on the concept that our bodies are comprised mostly of water. One gallon of water weighs approximately 8.3 pounds. Now, if a fad diet can have you shed one gallon of water it will have tricked some into thinking they have lost 8.3 pounds of fat. Of course our bodies need water to live, so we replenish and gain the water weight right back. The excitement of losing 8.3 pounds in such a short amount of time gets us hooked, and some people keep going back for more.
Our bodies require protein to remain healthy. Women require around 46 grams of protein a day while men require 56 grams. If we do not reach these amounts, or at least come close to it, our bodies start breaking down. The results of a protein deficiency can include, but not be limited to: a loss of muscle, a loss of hair, and a loss of energy.
Lastly, a fad diet can turn your body upside down. If you realize it or not, you listen to your body more often than you think. Your body tells you when to eat, sleep, use the restroom, when you’re hungry or thirsty, and a whole host of other communications; some are even audible. Has your stomach ever growled during a morning meeting because you skipped breakfast? Most fad diets tell you what to eat and when to eat it. Such a regiment can turn your body’s metabolism into a fad diet slave. If your body goes from eating 1,500 calories a day or more, and suddenly drops down to 700 calories per day, it is going to start revolting.
In short, if you want to lose weight, start eating an acceptable amount of calories per day. Your meals should be stretched out over the course of the day and should consist of five to six small meals. Also, don’t forget, a little exercise — or joining an adult weight loss camp — can work wonders for weight loss when paired with a proper diet.