Fad Diets: A waste of time & effort

FAD: an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived.

As the decade draws to a close I was wondering about the longevity of the ‘fad’ diets that have been introduced to us in the last 10 years or so.

A quick trawl of the internet gave me the names of some ‘eating plans’ that sounded familiar but I was hard-pressed to remember many details about any of them.

Do you remember these diets?

  • The Master Cleanse (popularised by Beyoncé)
  • The Superfood Diet
  • Whole 30
  • The Alkaline Diet
  • The Food Combining Diet
  • The Zone Diet (eaten by Jennifer Aniston)
  • The South Beach Diet
  • The Keto Diet
  • Fruitarianism
  • The Raw Food Diet
  • The Blood Type Diet
  • The Special K Diet
  • The Macrobiotic Diet
  • 5:2 Diet (or Intermittent Fasting)
  • The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
  • Juicing
  • The Baby Food Diet
  • Clean Eating
  • The Goop Detox Diet (thanks Gwyneth)
  • The Paleo Diet

Did you try any of these diets? Did any of them make a difference for you?

For me, this list of diets illustrates the overall ridiculous nature of the ‘diet industry’ – from this list I can see that this ‘industry’ is only interested in taking our money, though it steals away our time and energy too.

Most of these diets claimed to be the ‘ultimate weight loss’ plan, however they were unsustainable and failed to deliver on their promises in the long term. Some of them may have helped with weight loss in the short term since it is likely that having food rules restricted our overall calorie intake. Some of us probably tried diet-after-diet, always looking for something that suited our lifestyle a bit better (or tasted better). Some of these diets linger in various iterations, such as Intermittent Fasting. Some will probably return in a slightly different guise.

For those who want to avoid another decade of dietary fads, choose a few tried and tested healthy habits. Having some guidelines can be helpful, but stick to the simple stuff. Eat and enjoy a variety of foods for maximum nutrient intake. Drink a bit more water. Avoid the ‘treats’ more often – for me, that means less cheese and fewer cakes. Do a bit more activity – a walk will do (a walk up a little hill is even better).

Do not give any more of your money, time or effort to the fad diets or the diet industry.

Enjoy Good Food for Good Health

©SD Wheelock

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