You do not have to look far to see the enormous number of fad diets that are in wide circulation at any point in time. And there are loads of desperate people looking for the newest fad diet. Womens magazines appear to have a new one on their front cover each week, with outrageous claims of great amounts of weight lost in an incredibly short space of time.
Even if the claims for these diets fall short of the claims made for them, is there anything actually wrong with these diets? After all. If you shed the pounds then that must definitely be a good thing, isn’t it?
These diets aren’t good for you for a lot of reasons. Consider the entire weight loss thing. Weight is the one measurement that all these diets target when determining their success, and naturally, it’s what people want to hear about. Everyone wants to be able to tell their friends, family, and workmates about how much weight they have lost. But no-one considers that weight may be the wrong thing to be targeting!
When you lose pounds you have got no clue of what it was that made a contribution to that weight loss!
Have you just lost water? Dependent on what the fad diet is, you may find that nearly all of the weight that you have lost is really just water, and as soon as you body rehydrates itself the weight you lost will return to where it was before you started.
Is the weight you have lost fat, or is it muscle? If it is fat loss then that is good, but with a fad diet that’s unlikely to be the case. More often than not what you have actually lost is muscle – and that most certainly isn’t a great thing!
You see, muscle is somethng that you need more of, not less of. Muscle helps to burn off fat throughout the day, which is why doing muscle building exercise at the gymnasium is way more productive than cardio exercise when it comes to long-term weight loss.
Be cautious of fad diets, as while they might provide you some short term benefits, and even some obvious weight loss, your weight loss will be just that – short term.