Hey there friends! If there’s one thing that the world has in abundance, it is fad diets. There are thousands of them, all purporting to help you lose weight and improve your health. I gotta admit- I’m not a fan.
Many of these eating plans present themselves convincingly. After reading the marketing material, you’re left in no doubt that this is the plan for you and that it can solve all your problems. The gurus behind the diet ask you whether you’ve “tried everything else” and “want to lose weight for good,” making you feel as if they have something new to offer. In most cases, they don’t.
Fad diets don’t work, though. After about five years, 95 percent of people gain back all the weight they lose and then some, making it worse than if they had never gone on a diet in the first place.
But why does this happen? If you want to understand the reasons, take a look at the following infographic. It charts some of the most popular fad diets and then goes onto explain why they don’t work. One of the main reasons has to do with the fact that they make eating unsustainable. Most people can’t stick to restrictive eating practices long-term. Eventually, they succumb to their biology and go on a binge of the foods they’ve denied themselves. Worse still, restrictive eating practices can lead to nutritional deficiencies, which themselves can have adverse health effects.
Want to know more about why fad diets don’t work and what do to instead? Read on to find out more.
Infographic by University of Southern California
What do you think? Have you tried any fad diets? Did they result in long term success or regain?
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