We’ve all heard of fad diets, but what does the term ‘fad diet’ actually mean?
Well, a fad diet is a popular diet which, generally speaking, makes a promise to result in significant weight loss or health advantages without the support of any solid evidence.
Our accredited praciticing dietitian is against fad diets and aims to help clients by promoting healthy, sustainable, lifestyle habits, which result in desired health outcomes.
Keep reading as she shares some advice on how to spot a fad diet and reveals more about why they’re not a healthy alternative.
What Is A Fad Diet?
More often than not a fad diet is:
- Very restrictive,
- Usually unbalanced and therefore nutritionally inadequate, and
- Tends to consist of expensive and unnecessary food products/ingredients.
How to Spot a Fad Diet
How do you know if a diet is a fad diet and one to be avoided?
Here are four (4) more red flags to watch out for:
1. A celebrity or someone who may have a large Instagram following endorses the diet, however they have no nutritional background or education.
- If you are looking for nutrition advice, please get it from a nutrition expert.
2. The diet highlights the need for super food(s) or detoxification.
- Super foods, or any food which promises to provide you with all the nutrition you need is a scam, the key here is balance and eating a variety of the correct nutrients!
- The body has organs, which have the specific role of detoxification – you do not need to look any further!
3. The diet promises to change your life in every way possible.
- If a diet claims to reduce your stress levels, anxiety, depression, or boost your mood, immunity and hormone markers, you can be pretty sure this is based off no actual scientific claims.
- Don’t get this confused with the claim that eating healthily and losing weight (when needed) may lead to better general wellbeing and health outcomes. This is a fact.
4. The diet excludes gluten, dairy, fruit, or any other food group.
- For one reason or another, these foods/food groups are considered toxic and/or harmful. Scientific evidence is very clear to state that a healthy diet, and one which promotes positive health outcomes and general wellbeing is one which includes all 5 food groups. So, if you hear otherwise, run in the other direction (unless there is an intolerance or health reason validating the exclusion of such a food).
Foster Healthy Food Relationships
A diet should be a way of eating for life – something you can implement every day, without any issues.
Rather than labeling foods as good and bad, shift your focus to consuming some foods in greater amounts and more frequently and others in moderation and less frequently.
This will not only help to foster a healthy relationship with food but also ensure that you enjoy the process and reap the health benefits for life!
If you would like personalised advice from our accredited praciticing dietitian, please contact RRP Physiotherapy today on 0431 048 286.
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