Here are some signs that your diet may be more about empty promises than
Severely cuts calories. Starvation-type diets may show quick results on the scale but oftentimes
they are short-lived and the numbers aren’t telling the whole story.
It is nearly impossible for a healthy, normally active person to lose
more than 2-3 pounds per week of actual fat. The body’s response
to a very low calorie diet is to shed water.
Directions to eat only specific foods. For health, we need a combination of food to get the nutrition we need
and for a plan to work long-term it needs to be realistic and not overly
Requires special pills, powders, drinks. These products will cut the size of your wallet more than anything else.
Oftentimes these products contain laxatives, diuretics, or caffeine. Just
like starvation-like diets, these products result in loss of water, not
fat. For most diet supplements, there’s no reliable scientific research
to back up the claims that they make. Another red flag, is that you can
only take the products that a certain company sells.
Completely cuts out certain food groups. All of the food groups are important for a balanced diet with adequate
vitamins and minerals. Oftentimes watching portion sizes and choosing
healthier foods in each food group is a better strategy for weight management
and overall health.
Is short-lived. If there is no mention or education on long term change and it is limited
to only a certain time period, usually this means it is a fad diet.
Source: Kids Health,
http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/fad-diet-tips/html, accessed on 04/15/2019