Getting Ready for the Beach – Can Fad Diets Really Work?

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As a busy mother of two who slipped into a very unhealthy lifestyle I decided it was time to take action and start looking after my well being. At first I thought it would be difficult, however, over time I've picked up on one or two tricks to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle. I am dedicated to spreading the benefits of good health and ensuring that my advice can be shared with every day people living every day lives."

Can Fad Diets Really Work? It seems like every year when spring rolls around, a new, amazing diet appears that guarantees epic weight loss and and a summer body you’ve been dreaming of.  And this is all in a number of weeks, just in time for bikini season! Of course, anything that sounds too-good-to-be-true usually is. Yet, time again we see genuine people reporting how well those diets worked for them.

This begs the question can fad diets really work? Let’s take a look at the facts and find out.

What is a Fad Diet?

Basically speaking, any diet that offers dramatic short term weight loss by either directing you to cut out major food groups or purchase expensive weight loss aids like teas and pills is a fad diet. These fad diets seem to roll around year on year. Usually we are told how some huge celebrity lost an amazing 30 pounds in one week and of course, you can do it too. Nine times out of ten, these diets disappear and are forgotten just as quickly as they gained recognition. 

Furthermore, they are usually incredibly drastic. Let’s use the example of the ‘lemonade diet’ that appeared a number of years ago touted as the wonder weight loss program that helped Queen Bee the one-and-only Mrs Carter lose over 20 pounds in 14 days for an upcoming movie role.  Don’t get me wrong, Beyonce may well have dropped a large amount of weight on this particular diet and it wouldn’t be surprising considering it consisted of nothing but liquids!  Mixing water, lemons, organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper and consuming this alone instead of meals was the whole premise of the diet.

I personally gave it a try and lasted a whole hour! If your attempt lasted longer, I take my hat off to you!

Can Fad Diets Really Work?

Diets that use extreme measures in order to drop serious amounts of weight do work, but at the same time they don’t.  Let me explain. 

Any diet that cuts out huge food groups will create a caloric deficit. This means you burn more calories than you consume and is the only way to lose weight. Fact.  Therefore, you will no doubt lose drastic amounts of weight in a short period of time – so in that sense, yes they work.

But think about this:

Could you sustain yourself long term on something so drastic? No, of course not.

The true goal for most dieters is long term, sustainable weight loss. Fad diets do nothing to re-educate you about food or create new, healthy eating habits.  Therefore, once the diet is complete, most people return to their previous meal plans of take outs and junk food.  Remember, no matter how much weight you lose, if you go back to eating pizza every day you will regain that weight. In fact, in most cases, people actually end up gaining more weight.

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What’s The Answer?

So you’re wondering what exactly is the bottom line here.

Basically, if you’re an average weight and you’re looking to drop between 8 and 12 pounds quickly as a one off for a special event, possibly to fit into a bridesmaids dress for your best friend’s wedding or to feel a bit better in your bikini on that beach vacation, then yes, a fad diet could work for you.

If you are simply looking to lose a few pounds but don’t really care if you put it back on in those two weeks due to the all-you-can-eat buffet, a fad diet may be a great solution for you.

Let’s face it, we can all be a little bit vain at times and occasionally we just want to feel a little bit better in ourselves. However, anyone looking to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off long term, then no, a fad diet is not the answer. Unfortunately there is no magic weight loss solution and the only true way to achieve sustainable long term weight loss is through a set diet and exercise program that ensures proper nutrition while creating a manageable caloric deficit.

But there are plenty of good ones out there! Many programs like the popular Venus Factor Diet offer everything you need to educate you about long term weight loss. From set workout plans, cookbooks and tools to work out your BMI, fat percentage and ideal weight. These types of programs are sustainable and will give you the tools to not only lose weight, but keep it off.

How do you feel about fad diets?

Whats your take on fad diets? Do they work? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Helen Sanders

As a busy mother of two who slipped into a very unhealthy lifestyle I decided it was time to take action and start looking after my well being. At first I thought it would be difficult, however, over time I've picked up on one or two tricks to lead a healthy balanced lifestyle. I am dedicated to spreading the benefits of good health and ensuring that my advice can be shared with every day people living every day lives."

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