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Fad Diets - They Ain't Called Fad Diets for Nothing

Written by Thin Thin

What is a fad diet? What are the associated risks of unhealthy eating plans?


A fad is anything popular at any given time, including diet plans. The South Beach Diet, the Atkins Diet and the Zone Diet are all fad diets, even though they may contain healthy recommendations to help get the dieter from point a to point b and finally over the Diet Finish Line.

These weight loss plans are considered fad because there is an attractive element or gimmick which attracts dieters to the plan. The fad diet suddenly goes from unknown to hugely popular almost overnight.

Almost everyone who is looking to drop a few pounds is suddenly on the hot, new fad diet. These type diets may fad as quickly as they arrived or they may become so popular that they stick around for decades.  

While popular fad diet plans have helped many people achieve their weight loss goals, keep in mind that a fad diet is a fad diet and not a cure for obesity.  

However, some fad diets do make losing weight a bit more interesting - with some offering quick weight loss.


Are Fad Diets Safe?

That's the kicker. Most fad diets present grave health risks and for people with certain health conditions - particularly those individuals with hidden health conditions, the consequences can trigger life-long health issues, including death.

Take the high protein diets for example. People with kidney issues are at high risk for health issues as protein releases water from the body. The dieter may see a rapid result in weight loss but it's in the form of water loss rather than fat loss.

Dieter beware, but don't be square! And always get your doctor's approval before beginning any type of weight loss plan.

Let's take a look at one of the most popular low carbohydrate diets:

The Atkins Diet


As a note, low carb diets may prove extremely dangerous for some individuals, such as diabetics or those suffering from heart conditions. And of course, you should always check with your doctor before going on any diet plan.

On the Atkins Diet, the dieter may consume no more than twenty carb grams per day. Thin Thin cannot recommend this diet plan because it restricts certain food groups from the Official Food Pyramid.

However, we must note that many individuals swear by the Atkins Diet and have lost significant weight through its use.   If you are considering a low carb diet, again - please visit with your family doctor before doing such.

Foods containing zero carbs include:

Beef, pork, lamb, bacon, venison, veal, ham, lamb, chicken, turkey, quail, duck, goose, Cornish hen, pheasant,  oysters, tuna, salmon, mussels, clams, squid, shrimp, crab, lobster, herring, sole, trout, flounder, sardines, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, boiled eggs, deviled eggs, fresh/aged cheese, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese.

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