Over the years there have been many fad diets surfacing in the beauty, health, and fitness industry; these fad diets seek to target anyone in search of the next quick fix for weight loss and with so much media coverage they can be hard to escape! Health Survey for England (HSE) results for 2014 showed that 61.7% of adults were overweight or obese; so this leaves many people vulnerable to anything that offers a quick remedy, but unsurprisingly this fails every time. Get ready to escape the burdensome cycle of fad dieting with these Top 5 Reasons to Escape Fad Diets Forever!
1. A common denominator in fad diets is that they restrict food groups or overall calorie intake to ‘claim’ weight loss success.
This ‘restriction’ and ‘denial’ cycle can trigger or perpetuate eating disorders, disenchant you with the joy and beauty of eating real and nutritious food and attack your self esteem as you compulsively search for the next quick fix after failed attempts to keep weight off. The word ‘diet’ has become synonymous with restriction; essentially a diet is just what you eat on a daily basis to meet your nutritional needs; a change of perspective is needed to view the word ‘diet’ in a more positive way!
2. Fad diets can be extremely detrimental to your health and wellbeing.
Your body needs essential nutrients to operate and cope with daily life. This includes food from the main food groups ‘macronutrients’ (carbohydrates, protein, fats) and ‘micronutrients’ (vitamins and minerals) as well as dairy, fruit, and vegetables. Valuing the body that you live in is the ultimate way to progress. Any form of fad diet tends to cause a loss of real life lustre and can often take away from your happiness.
3. Nature is smarter than you think!
After being denied essential nutrients and calories, your body goes into starvation mode responding by burning energy from muscle tissue as it aims to provide required glucose for your brain to function. As you begin to eat ‘normally’ again your body will then hold onto more fat, to conserve more for the next time you attempt to starve it. Fad dieting keeps you in this negative cycle and yes, you can actually gain more fat!
4. Be mindful of what you read!
There is so much blatant untruth out there in the glossy magazines. Seek information from sound health and wellness directives and steer away from negative body image. Always research the best weight loss and exercise tips, and study your own physical constitution which is unique, self-knowledge = incredible power.
5. Fad diets set you up to fail and are costly!
Ask yourself what takes you toward your goal, and what takes you away from it? These are really quite simple points to define. Don’t set yourself up to fail; you and your body deserve better. Always value yourself and the journey to your goals; focus on positivity and building self esteem, choose to win!
There are innumerable fad diets out there but one thing is virtually guaranteed, they all ‘overpromise’ and ‘underdeliver’ -everytime. Choose to create a long term strategy to weight loss by nourishing your body and keeping active!