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Fad Diets

What Fad Diets are, exsistance over the years, the harmful effects and a better way.

Katherine Southerland

on 30 November 2010

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Fad Diets
What is a FAD diet? A “fad diet” is a diet that promises quick weight loss and is popular for a short time, or any diet that has received extensive media attention or popular culture buzz. History of Fad Diets 1087-William the Conqueror devised an alcohol-only diet.The monarch didn't grow thinner; instead, he died later that year after falling from his horse, it was a struggle finding a coffin big enough to fit his overweight frame.

1829, Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham touted the Graham diet — centered on caffeine-free drinks and vegetarian cuisine and supplemented his meals with a graham cracker. This was suppose to cure obesity.

1864- English casketmaker named William Banting developed the very first low-carb diet. He lost 50 lbs. "Banting" is what the british call eting

1903- Horace Fletcher chew your food exactly 32 times before spitting it out

1928- Inuit Diet- eating only meat and fat
Bannanas and Skim- Milk Diet- Dr. George Harrops

1960s, Dr. Herman Taller was touting the Calories Don't Count diet, which held that the quantity of food consumed was unimportant provided that you chased it with vegetable oil.

1972- Atkins Diets- Blanting Diet Revisted

1980- South Beach Diet

Present- Cabbage Soup Diet, Lemonade Diet, Cookie Diet.(1975-present)


Fad diets typically fall into one of 6 types or categories:
Extreme Calorie Restriction Diets: All fat loss diets will utilize moderate calorie restriction, but this type of fad diet often radically restricts calories in order to produce quick weight loss
Food Restrictive Diets: These are diets that have you cut out entire macro-nutrients or certain types of foods, such as carbs or fruit
Celebrity Diets: Endorsed implicitly or explicitly, these diets use association with a celebrity to drive interest
Corporate/Organizational Diets: These are diets that claim to have originated from within companies or organizations. The GM Diet is a good example of this.
Dtoxification Diets: Diets that claim to “detoxify” the body HARMFUL EFFECTS

Some Fad diets can not only result in nutritional deficiencies, but can also cause fatigue, mental confusion and sometimes serious side effects like cardiac arrest.
Some others may include side effects such as headaches, constipation, digestive problems, and loss of energy, which are all symptoms of Acute Starvation

Serial fad dieting can often be a sign of a developing eating disorder, especially in adolescents, teenagers and young adults.

Diets high in carbohydrates and low in protein can enhance the chances of development of kidney stones and gout. A diet with high protein may put an individual’s body at a risk for calcium loss which may lead to osteoporosis. A diet low in Carbohydrates and high in protein can cause low blood pressure, decreased energy and fatigue. Other reasons why they are Bad!
Not founded on sound nutritional facts
Do not deliver the proper amounts of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients essential for health.
Play upon the emotions of the person who wishes to lose weight.
•Use of dramatic marketing language and too-good-to-be-true phrases like “quick-fix”, “melt off pounds instantly,” “lose fat fast”, “lose weight when you sleep,” “eat all you want and lose weight!”
Losing more than 1 OR 2 lb a week is unhealthy.
Most fail to mention physical activity as a part of the plan.
Emphasis on extremely short dieting intervals, for example, “24 hour diet,” “3-day diet” or “7 day diet.”
Claims that the diet will change body chemistry, overcome hormonal imbalances, or “fix” specific conditions that cause you to gain weight WHY THEY ARE ATTRACTIVE

fad diets are attractive to people because they promise fast, dramatic results with minimal effort. “Effort”, of course, is relative. Obsessing over lists of prohibited foods, denying yourself entire food groups, or subsisting on maple syrup and lemon juice would probably strike a lot of people as anything but “easy and effortless.” Yet every day, thousands of people choose to go on these diets, when some basic changes to their existing diet and a dose of daily exercise would probably get them better long term results.

Draw Backs
They often cost a lot of money
Don't address real problems
Gain the weight and more back once you put the omitted nutrient or food back into diet. (Put Carbs back into diet water weight returns)
People who participate in dieting often gain more weight than those who never do over a two year period. Avoid the Black Hole that is DIETING

Eat a blanced diet
Don't take food away
Portion control
Make Exercise or activity a part of the plan Is it worth it?


Portion control during 4 meals and w 2 snacks= 4 hours

168 a week versus 12 hours a week
YOU DO THE MATH Why they can be Attractive
Because they PROMISE:
Fast dramatic Results with little or no "effort"
Obsessive over list of prohibited foods/ entire food groups
Publicize before and after pictures of people that it's "WORKED" for
Present weight-loss testimonidals: Celebrities, Sports Figures etc. The FACTS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that at any given time two-thirds of all American adults are on a diet to either lose weight or prevent weight gain. 29 percent are men and 44 percent women. Yet only 5 percent of these dieters will be successful at keeping the weight that they lost off.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that each day Americans spend an average of $109 million on dieting or diet related products, including tapes, videos, supplements, books, foods, and medications – or over $34 billion a year. The Truth
Many fad diets undergo a cycle of extreme interest.
Then go through a period of dormancy.
Fad diets NEVER die.
They burn-out then return again.
Still promising weight-loss like you have never seen to a new generation of dieters. References
http://www.Youtube.com/hcg/hcgdiet/hcgdietdrops/fat release system
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