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Avoiding Fad Diets

With about 60 percent of the United States’ adult population struggling with their weight, it’s no surprise that every couple of weeks a new weight loss “solution” gets introduced to the market, often with unrealistic promises about how much weight you can lose by following their plan for a short period of time.

After years of struggling with weight gain and yo-yo dieting, it’s easy to become hopeful about a new product that promises amazing results. Unfortunately, many of the popular weight loss fads are filled with misinformation about health, weight loss and wellness. While some may lead to weight loss in the short-term, most are not sustainable, and the weight will return in time. In the worst case scenarios, these popular diet programs can actually pose a danger to your health.

Learning to Spot Fad Diets

Fad diets get their name from their tendency to come and go in popularity rather quickly. Over the course of several years, a fad diet will go from having a lot of attention to a lot of censure. Usually, fad diets disappear from view after reports come out of their being unsuccessful, dangerous or even fraudulent.

It helps to look at the differences between common fad diets and successful medical weight loss programs:

  • Medical weight loss offers supervision and guidance from an obesity medicine specialist.
  • During a medical weight loss program you are provided access to proven weight loss tools.
  • Your medical weight loss doctor will offer nutritional counseling and exercise advice.

Fad diets, on the other hand, often promote weight loss without requiring any long-term changes to your way of life. These diet plans are appealing thanks to their promise for great weight loss, but they rarely live up to this promise. Even after you lose weight, if you do not maintain a healthy diet and active lifestyle, keeping the weight off becomes challenging.

In a medical weight loss program, you will be taught how to moderate your food choices to create a well-rounded diet. Your weight loss doctor and nutritionist will work with you to create a diet plan that makes sense for you and your dietary needs.

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