Fad diets and gimmicks are a fat business

Many diet claims, treatments, devices and gadgets for losing weight do not work and can be very hazardous to your health.

Americans are spending over 40 billion dollars a year on weight-loss programs, special meals and snack drinks, diet books, diet magazines and other products. Fad dieting and diet gimmicks are a fat business and continue to be popular approaches to weigh loss. They are attractive to people looking for accelerated weight loss.  Fad diets offer quick weight loss with gimmicks like fasting, eating cookies, candy, cabbage, supplements, cleansing the colon, and more.  Many diet claims, treatments, devices and gadgets for losing weight do not work and can be very hazardous to your health.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, encourages people to go 100% Fad-Free with their diet to achieve lifelong success through proven, science based approaches to weight loss.  According to the Cleveland Clinic some common claims of Fad Diets include blaming particular hormones for weight gain, suggesting that food can change body chemistry, or touting or banning a particular food. However, they all have one thing in common; they offer only a temporary solution to what is a lifelong problem for many people. Once the diet is stopped, the lost weight is usually regained quickly since none of the diets teach behavior modification.  There are ten ways people can determine or spot a Fad Diets.  

According to health professionals successful weight-loss is a three-pronged approach which involves healthy eating habits, exercise and behavior change. Successful weight loss may mean making tough lifestyle changes, but achieving weight loss in this manner is healthier than through a quick fix fad- diet promising accelerated weight loss.  Fad diets come and go but people looking for a successful weight loss method should consider diet plans which incorporate the three –pronged approach to lose weight safely and permanently.