Diet Red Flags: How To Spot a Fad Diet

OnSide Academy
January 11, 2023

It’s the start of a new year, and yet again we’re bombarded with all the latest and “greatest” weight loss trends promising quick and easy results. While some of these plans may help you lose weight in the short term, they’re not sustainable and can often be dangerous. It’s only human nature to think of the start of the year as a fresh start, and to want to make some changes.

But if you want to make lasting changes that also support your health, watch out for these red flags when deciding on the plan for you. If you’re looking for the right advice and a partner to help you through this lifestyle change, book a session with your local dietitian.

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Cuts Out Entire Food Groups or Demonizes Foods 

Many fad diets encourage eliminating entire food groups or demonizing certain foods as “bad”. This type of thinking is usually not only unhealthy, but downright harmful. A balanced diet is the key to good health and eliminating entire food groups can lead to deficiencies in important nutrients. Demonizing certain foods can also lead to an unhealthy relationship with food that sends us down a bad path. Rather than labeling foods as “good” or “bad”, it’s important to focus on moderation and balance.

You Have to Buy Special Teas, Pills or Supplements

If a diet plan requires you to buy special teas, pills, or supplements, be wary. These products are usually unnecessary and can be very expensive. Many of these products are also unregulated and may not be even safe. Stick to a variety of whole foods that you can find at your local grocery store.

Promises Fast or Extreme Results

Lasting results come from consistency and sticking with a plan long term. If a diet promises fast or extreme results, it’s usually too good to be true. These types of claims are often false or require extreme changes to your diet or lifestyle which are unsustainable and often unsafe. 

Beware the Red Flags 

When you’re making changes this year, beware of plans that any that cut out entire food groups, demonizes certain foods, requires you to buy special teas, pills or supplements, or promises fast or extreme results. These types of plans are often unhealthy and just aren’t sustainable in the long term. Instead, focus on balance and moderation for lasting results. Work with a dietitian this year to build a sustainable plan that works for you.

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