With all the focus on weight in our society, it isn’t surprising that millions of people fall prey to fad diets. When it comes to losing weight, everyone’s in search of a magic bullet. Unfortunately, there isn’t a short-term fix for long-term results. A fad diet might cause initial weight loss but they never truly work. In fact, most people regain more weight in the long-term.
Four Popular Fad Diet Explained
The NO Sugar Diet
- The Theory: Sugar is bad for you and should be completely removed from the diet.
- Pros: The No Sugar Diet reduces sugar intake which is a great thing! It also helps cut out a lot of “empty calories” and encourages whole grains over refined starch- for example, brown rice over white rice.
- Cons: Some people take the “no sugar diet” literally and avoid all foods that contain sugar- such as whole foods such as vegetable, fruit, and dairy cutting our vital vitamins and minerals.
A Diet with Weight Loss Pills
- Theory: A diet accompanied by a weight loss pill will increase metabolism.
- Pros: The diet usually consists of 1500 calories which will naturally cause weight loss. Depending on the author and source of the diet, it will hopefully contain a wide variety of foods rich in fresh vegetables and lean proteins.
- Cons: Some ingredients in weight loss pills can be down right dangerous and even deadly for some people. Unfortunately, you do not always know what you are buying.
The One Type of Food Diet (Kale & Chewing Gum)
- Theory: Eating only one type of food, usually a superfood, will help with weight loss. For example, eating an all kale diet along with some chewing gum to hold you over.
- Pros: Increasing leafy greens is always a good thing!
- Cons: Eating one type food is extreme and will not last for the long term. Not to mention it is boring and lacks a variety of nutrients, including protein which is strongly associated with weight loss. This eating style can backfire, if you find yourself hungry in the evening and wind up eating a large dinner. You are very likely to become tired and suffer from headaches.
Juice Fasting or a Cleanse
- Theory: Puts your body through a detox — eliminates toxins and provides a rest for your vital organs.
- Pros: Provides a feeling of temporary empowerment because you believe you’re cleansing your body. Saves you some cash and keeps you hydrated.
- Cons: For one thing, your body doesn’t need any help ridding itself of toxins — the kidneys, liver, and bladder already do the job nicely. And rather than trim you down quickly, juice fasts may actually cause you to overeat. The beverages are high in refined sugar, which starts the digestive process and can create peaks and lows in blood sugar levels. Most people become irritable, lethargic, and often times has headaches.
An Easy Solution to Fad Diets
There isn’t a product on the market that will melt fat while you sleep or watch TV. Slow and steady weight loss will have the biggest impact on long-term weight loss. A simple and most successful weight loss solution is to eat a balanced meal complete with a variety of food. Most people find eating healthy very expensive but it does not have to be with proper meal planning.
Kale & Grilled Chicken Salad
- 1 bunch kale, thick stems removed, sliced into ribbons (about 10 cups)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, plus more to taste
- Place the kale ribbons in a large bowl.
- Add the olive oil, lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Using tongs or your hands, mix well, making sure the olive oil is rubbed into the kale leaves.
- Add the garlic and Parmesan cheese and toss again.
- Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, and Parmesan if necessary. You don’t want to taste the bitterness of the kale.
- Top with grilled chicken or grilled salmon.
- Make ahead: This is a rare salad that keeps well in the fridge. Store it for up to two days.