Anybody who has wanted to ever lose a bit of weight will have found themselves looking around for that quick fix, the super-charged, overnight weight loss miracle that will help them look like a magazine cover model in 2 weeks or less.
The problem is that every single one of these fad diets is nothing more than a fast track to putting on more weight, because as you resume your normal lifestyle, the pounds pile back on, and many times you end up weighing more than you did in the first place.
Still not convinced? Here are 10 good reasons why fad diets never work.
1. No Long-Term Benefits
Losing weight and keeping it off are two totally different things. And, in an ode to instant gratification, we don’t really care, we just want to fit into that slinky black number in a few weeks’ time to gloat at our ex. Fad diets may help you seem like you are losing weight on the scale, but can you keep it off forever on that fad diet?
2. Losing Water and Muscle Vs Losing Fat
When you lose weight quickly, you are actually losing water and perhaps muscle. It is a physical and medical impossibility to lose 10kg in one week. Any diet that promises you that, has more chance of putting you in intensive care in one week.
3. Addictive Diet Drugs
Fancy diet drugs promise to increase your metabolism and help you burn fat while sitting on the couch 3 beers deep with a cheeseburger in your lap. What they do is just about double your heart rate, load you with enough caffeine to kick-start a Boeing and when you run out of your drugs, you crash and burn, as the junk works out of your system.
4. Bad for Your Digestive System
Your digestive system is designed to work with food – vegetables, fibre, and other food products that make the world go round. Lemon in water is not going to move anything; once you start messing with your digestive system you will be sorry.
5. Hello Cellulite
Bad diet, cutting corners and an unhealthy lifestyle = cellulite. Enough said.
6. Dangerous for Your Body
Our bodies need nutrients, vitamins, and energy. Starving yourself and sipping a yogurt drink for a few weeks with nothing else can have a serious, long-term damaging effect on your organs, and your health.
7. You Need Calcium
As you get older, the need for calcium increases. Our calcium levels deplete on their own with age, we need all the help we can get. You only age how you have lived.
8. Damaging to Your Skin
When you get to that party, slinking around in your little black number, you want to look healthy. A fad diet will strip your skin of its natural, healthy glow. How sexy is grey, drawn, sallow and pale? I thought so.
9. There is No Substitute for a Healthy Lifestyle
This one needs no explanation.
10. The Detox Myth
Detox translated into English really means starving yourself and living on pawpaw, herbal tea, and water. You can detox and eat proper food at the same time.