Falling for a Fad Diet

Losing weight. It’s what every celebrity accomplishes so easily, what every other woman dreams of, and what every trashy tabloid profits off of. From a very young age, we are all programmed to think that there is only one acceptable type of body, but there are a thousand ways to acquire this body. fad dietMagazines and publications trash the idea of “fad diets,” but turn right around and encourage the best juice cleanse Gwyneth Paltrow is doing these days.

What is a fad diet?

A fad diet is exactly what it says it is. It’s specific (often outrageous, drastic, or flat out dangerous) diet or eating routine that comes around, makes waves for a bit, and eventually fades in popularity. In the meantime, news of weight loss success spreads like wildfire. The thirst for a lower body fat percentage can’t be quenched fast enough, and motivation skyrockets. Humans are inherently impatient. We crave instant success almost as much as we crave cheeseburgers. So what’s the problem with a fad diet? If it’s fast, efficient, and effective, what’s the big deal?

The issue with strict diets that cut out specific food groups, or even solid food itself (like a juice cleanse) is that our bodies were not made to live solely on protein, fat, or carbohydrates individually. Taking away certain food groups or drastically restricting food intake affects our metabolism. The human species has survived through famine and droughts. Our bodies have evolved to keep us alive through malnutrition, meaning our bodies can (and will) adapt to a starvation trigger.

However, the success of our peers is too tempting to stay away from. Momentarily, logic is taken over by a spike in motivation and inspiration. The results are right there in front of you! Losing weight is finally made easy – no carbs, just protein and healthy fats. This diet was proposed to me by a friend.

ketogenic diet
Picture diagram that represents portions of protein and fat in a ketogenic diet.

This drastic reduction of carb intake puts the body into a metabolic state referred to as “ketosis.” Soon, the body burns fat stores for energy, and the weight falls off. Easy, right? No more pasta, no more bread, no more sugar, period.

 

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