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What are fad diets?
Fad diets are weight-loss diets that promise fast results, often without any scientific basis. These diets frequently involve eliminating whole food groups, which starves your body of important nutrients. They can generally provide short-term weight loss results, but …
Why are fad diets not sustainable?
Fad diets are not sustainable because they place limits on the food variety and amount, which can cause cravings and hunger. In the long term, fad diets that restrict the intake of certain food groups can prevent you from getting adequate amounts of …
What are the common features of fad diets?
Fad diets can generally be identified by some of the following features: Promising quick weight loss results in a short amount of time; Promoting certain foods, or food combinations; Excluding particular food groups (e.g. …
What are some common fad diets?
Some examples of fad diets include: Cabbage soup diet, which involves eating predominantly large amounts of cabbage soup over seven days; Atkins diet, which involves limiting the consumption of carbohydrates and eating high amounts of protein; Blood type …
Are fad diets bad for you?
Fad diets commonly restrict certain food groups, which means that there can be inadequate vitamin and mineral intake. This can lead to short-term health problems such as dehydration, constipation, nausea, headache, weakness and fatigue.
Are there health problems associated with long-term fad diet use?
As fad diets vary in many ways, and can restrict many foods, the long-term health implications of each fad diet remain unclear.
About this article
Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Fad diets