Monday, 15 March 2021

FAD DIETS-TIPS TO IDENTIFYING ONE


A fad diet is kind of plan with either macronutrients restricting or micronutrients depriving that are not physically or mentally sustainable. They advise that certain actions performed with the diet can maximize fat loss.  For example, taking a ’herbal supplement (green tea)' after eating or a hot bath to speed up your metabolism so that weight will drop off quickly. Fat burners and hot baths do not melt the fat of your body, rather could dehydrate and make you lose water weight, which is unhealthy and quickly added back on.

TIPS TO IDENTIFY A FAD DIET 

Ø Sounds too good to be true.

Ø Recommends using a single food consistently as the key to the program’s success.

Ø Promises quick and easy weight loss with no effort. “Lose weight while you sleep!”

Ø Eliminates an entire food group such as grains or milk and milk products.

Ø Guarantees an unrealistic outcome in an unreasonable time period. “Lose 5kg in 2 weeks!”

Ø Requires that you buy special products that are not readily available in the marketplace at affordable prices.

Ø Claims to alter your genetic code or reset your metabolism.

Ø Fails to mention potential risks or additional costs.

Ø Promotes the use of buzz words such as Fast, Low Carb, Cleansing, Detox dieting

Ø Promotes products or procedures that have not been proven safe and effective.

Ø Encourages a particular eating pattern such as skipping a certain meal of the day.

Ø Neglects plans for weight maintenance following weight loss.

 

The “magic feature” that best supports weight loss is to limit energy intake to less than energy expenditure. A healthy amount of weight loss is between 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. The scale should not be our only unit of measurement. Focus more on the habits you have changed, the quality of your diet, and strength.

Atukpawu, Millicent Onyinyechi RDN


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