How to spot a fad diet?

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or diet that will melt away excess fat.

That doesn’t mean that “magic” diets or products are not available, mainly offering a short-term fix to a long-term problem.

Quite often these diets are very restrictive or very low in energy, causing rapid weight loss, but almost impossible to follow for a long time.

Here are a few tips on how to spot a fad diet:

  • ·         Promises such as just taking one supplement without having to change your diet or lifestyle.
  • ·         Recommendations such as avoiding certain foods or food groups completely or only eating food items from a specific food group.
  • ·         Recommends keeping to a specific diet or combination of foods based on your blood type or genetic profile.
  • ·         The focus of the diet is on rapid weight loss and not on your overall health and nutrition.
  • ·         No scientific evidence can be provided for the recommended diet or it is based on a secret not known by medical professionals.


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