But how exactly does one know if a diet is a fad diet or not?
What are fad diets?: The 7 Signs
Here are 7 warning signs of fad diets that everyone should know:
It sounds too good to be true
There’s a saying that goes, “If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.” The same thing applies to diets.
If a diet promises you numerous gains for very little effort, then it’s probably not a good idea to go on that diet. Losing weight can be difficult, but it’s totally worth doing it the right way since it helps you keep the weight off and helps you achieve good health.
There’s no research to back it up
Another red flag for fad diets is that there’s very little to no research to back it up. In situations where proponents cite research, these tend to be untrustworthy, or taken out of context to support their claims.
You start to experience unhealthy side effects
Losing weight shouldn’t cause you to experience unhealthy side effects such as fatigue, aches, and pains, or even getting sick4. If you experience these symptoms while you are on a diet, chances are, the diet is a fad diet and it’s not good for your health.
The diet asks you to “starve” yourself
Some diets require you to drastically lower your caloric intake so that you lose weight2. While it is true that eating less food does make you lose weight, starving yourself is another matter.
Proponents of the diet are trying to sell you something
Another red flag is that if the diet requires you to buy a certain supplement or take a certain pill. More often than not, this is a sign that the diet isn’t actually real, and it is just a means for people to sell you their products.