March 7, 2021
From skinny and detox teas and cabbage soup to intermittent fasting and keto… you have probably seen at least one “fad diet” make its way across your phone’s screen this past year.
First, we can explore the difference between a fad and a trend. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a trend is “a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving.” On the flip side, a fad is “a style, activity, or interest that is very popular for a short period of time.”
So by that means, a fad diet is a “stylish” short-lived diet that is popular for just a flash in the pan.
It’s simply a fact that there are SO many diets circulating and while different things work for different people, it’s important to know how to spot a fad diet.
Eat Right states that if a diet “sounds too good to be true, it probably is”. And we wholeheartedly agree. If you can’t picture yourself eating this way for the rest of your life, the diet is probably a fad.
There are some heavy debates on whether or not the keto diet is considered a fad. After all, how long is “too long” for a fad? In the early 2000s, people on Atkins probably assumed this was a diet that was around for the long haul, but people “on Atkins” are few and far between today.
Regardless, both of these diets heavily restrict a major food macronutrient (carbohydrates), and therefore would be considered fads because they are rarely sustainable for the “rest of one’s life”.
Foodwatch has a great list of fad diets and their false promises, including:
Overall, it’s clear that fad diets are not for the long haul. Heck, it’s right there in the name!
Now that you know what to avoid when it comes to dieting, you can search for one that is sustainable in the long term, makes you feel happy and healthy, and includes an active lifestyle.
Working with a certified nutritionist or fitness trainer is a great way to go about finding a lifestyle and diet that works for you.