You probably have heard the term before: fad diet. What is it, and does it have lasting effects. The answer to both of these questions are pretty straight forward. The term fad diet is really just what it sounds like. It is a fad that is popular usually for a short amount of time. And the answer as to whether or not its effects are lasting is quite simply, usually not.
A fad diet can be pretty easy to spot. Usually it promises quick weight loss with fairly strict and stringent dietary requirements. Oftentimes entire food groups are eliminated from the diet, and unusual eating behaviors are required which are oftentimes hard to stick to once the diet is over. The problem with fad diets is that they are not centered on lifestyle changes that a person can stick to. Rather they focus on such a strict diet that a person has a difficult time sticking to that plan once the weight has been lost, and so usually once the diet is over, the weight comes back! Clearly this can be such a frustration for dieters!
Maybe you have heard of some popular fad diets. There is the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, the Southbeach diet, and certain liquid diets just to name a few. There certainly are several more out there, and it seems an endless number of new ones that pop up from time to time.
The problem with fad diets is that they do not promote a permanent lifestyle change which is usually what is required to lose weight and keep it off. They are attractive because they promise quick weight loss, and lots of times quick weight loss does occur. But oftentimes at first it is a lot of water weight. And then if the person can stick to the diet and lost the weight they intended to, once the diet is over and they return to their normal lifestyle and dietary patterns, the weight comes right back. On the other hand, a diet that promotes slow steady weight loss, with changes in eating and exercise habits that can be continued permanently, is the one that yields the best results with lasting results. This requires a committed lifestyle change.