A recent survey found that 40% of people have tried a FAD DIET, at some point, in order to lose weight. People do look for a "quick fix" for weight issues. In the great majority of cases, the seekers find that these extreme weight loss options leave them feeling empty and dissatisfied.
WHAT IS A FAD DIET?
They're everywhere: often widely promoted on social media, on television, billboards, magazines and radio. Fads boast about their effectiveness as "the solution" to weight issues. The fad diet promises weight loss with minimal effort and quick results. Just as quickly as they pop up, these Fad diets fade away because they don't work and can often result in excess weight gain and/or additional health conditions. Some folks whose mindset is "I've tried everything to lose weight but nothing works" may be tempted to try a fad diet as a last resort. Unfortunately, such a diet is not sustainable and is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
FAD DIET EXAMPLES?
There are endless fad diets being created on a daily basis. Zone Diet, South Beach, Atkins, Werewolf and the Five-Bite Diet are just a few. The commonality of all of the above is that they tend to provide short term and sometimes dangerous solutions to a long-term problem.
HOW DO FAD DIETS WORK?
Bottom line: They DO NOT WORK AT ALL, despite an occasional example in which people lose large amounts of weight in a short time. Unfortunately, most people who use fad diets tend to regain all (and often MORE than) the weight they had lost. Most doctors and professionals will tell you that losing weight too quickly is dangerous and can lead to increased risks for other health problems.
WHY CAN'T FAD DIETS WORK SUCCESSFULLY?
Fad diets are based on a calorie deficiency. Extreme weight loss diets will have a person eating less than 1,000 calories a day, or even fasting, which will make that person lose water weight and likely even muscle mass, but not fat. In addition, one's metabolism slows as a reaction to being in a state of "starvation." In fact, most people report a "fixation" or "obsession" with food on these diets.
Their mind becomes preoccupied with thoughts of food and they may increase activities associated with food, such as binging or watching the food channel. That's to be expected: When our bodies are in a state of starvation, our mind becomes hypervigilant in its quest to find food. As a result, people often report feeling tired, irritable, and agitated!
Anyone who has spent time around a person on a fad diet knows that it is not hard to notice a change in mood.
SOLUTION FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Healthy Lifestyles Tampa Bay integrates emotional, nutritional and physical fitness. As a clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist, I have successfully treated numerous people trying and failing to sustain weight loss on fad diets.
People who struggle with weight issues also tend to struggle simultaneously with emotional eating, poor food choices and/or not exercising regularly. Unless these underlying issues are addressed, a person will continue to suffer with weight issues.
A person's health starts in the mind. Our thoughts, feelings, and motivation are deeply rooted in our psyche and fad diets are not a solution.
Optimal health and weight are achieved through a combination of emotional, nutritional and physical fitness. That route to a healthy sustainable weight is best discovered through establishing a healthy lifestyle.
Call me if you have questions or are interested in finding a successful route for yourself or someone you love.
Dr Q (727) 906-6185