Definition[ edit ] There is no single definition of what is a fad diet, encompassing a variety of diets with different approaches and evidence base, and thus different outcomes, advantages and disadvantages. Physical or physiological testing, such as kinesiology and blood group analysis. Very-low calorie diets: Food-specific diets, which encourage eating large amounts of a single food, such as the cabbage soup diet , High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins diet , which first became popular in the s, High-fiber, low-calorie diets, which often prescribe double the normal amount of dietary fiber , Liquid diets, such as SlimFast meal replacement drinks. Fad diets are generally restrictive, and are characterized by promises of fast weight loss [3] [7] or great physical health notably by " detoxification " , [2] [3] [19] and which are not grounded in sound science. Being nutritionally imbalanced, or highly restrictive, forbidding entire food groups or even only allowing one food or food type. In the most extreme form, they may claim that humans can survive without eating or by having liquid meals only or by consuming non-food items such as cotton wool.

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It means, temporary way to lose weight in a quick manner for a short duration! Like one individual who I was consulting came to me saying she just finds these crash diets quiet interesting and so out of curiosity, she just wants to give it a try! Another said, she has to surprise her hubby on his birthday by slimming down.

I personally got intrigued to find out more about these crash diets and why do people indulge in them. In the yester years doctors recommended these diets to their patients from a therapeutic point of view to lose weight People are also influenced by the fact that some well-known celebrities have tried such diets and have succeeded and thus today these diets have become a trend.

Research indicates that these diets are very traditional by origin and dates back to eighteenth century. So what are these fad diets? There are plenty of them and one new one comes up every day such as cabbage soup diet, blood group diet, grape fruit diet, acai berry diet, Mediterranean diet and so on.

I would like to take you through few of the popular ones General Motor diet: It is commonly known as GM diet. One always thought GM diet was a diet where you ate genetically modified fruits and vegetables. But, no GM diet is a weight loss management plan developed by the General Motors Corporation to help keep their employees stay in shape.

It is supposed to be followed for seven days. All fruits. All kinds of fruit may be consumed except for bananas. Day 2. All vegetables. Potatoes may be served during breakfast to boost energy levels Day 3. Mixture of fruits and vegetables.

A mix of fruits and vegetables may be consumed on Day 3, together with glasses of water. Bananas are still not allowed in this day. Day 4. Banana and milk. Day 5. Brown rice, curd and tomatoes. Soybean curd or 1 cup of brown rice may be used as a substitute for beef, or a cup of cottage cheese Day 6. Brown rice and vegetables.

On Day 6, brown rice or other beef substitute will be matched with vegetables, but potatoes are still restricted. It is best to consume cottage cheese and soybean curd in vegetable bowls. Day 7. Brown rice, vegetables and fruits. Two cups of brown rice may be consumed together with unlimited servings of vegetables and fruits.

Fruit juice may also be taken along with glasses of water. It is a very low carbohydrate diet and high protein diet. It has three phases, you eat normal portion sizes in Phase 1, but all carbohydrate is restricted. It emphasizes lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, fish, and shellfish. In Phase 2, some of the banned foods are slowly introduced. You should remain on it until you lost your desired amount of weight. Phase 3 is for maintenance and should be followed for life.

It was founded by Jean Nidetch. The core philosophy behind Weight Watchers programs is to use a science-driven approach to help participants lose weight by forming helpful habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise and providing support.

I quiet fail to understand why people follow such diets blindly and believe in the figures that pop up on weighing scale? I have never understood this obsession to lose weight especially losing two to three kilos in short duration.

They get happy seeing their weight reducing. But, what about gaining those back? When you are dieting, you are almost starving your body; also it does not get enough nutrients which the body requires. The first thing that the body loses while dieting is muscles and water which are two most crucial elements for maintaining body metabolism.

The fat in the body which is the culprit stays behind and is very difficult to lose! Being a professional nutritionist, I would never recommend such fad diets.

I recommend that one should balance their lifestyle with proper nutrition and physical activity. She has also cleared her RD Registered Dietician exam and has 2. Ami has worked with some leading hospitals and diabetologists in the city and is also a freelance nutrition consultant. The idea of inculcating good habits among people, motivating them by spreading positivity without they having to make any drastic changes to their lifestyle interested her.

According to her spreading positivity helps one be self-motivated. A big foodie by nature, she loves to try out different cuisines and also cook and explore new places.

Cooking and travelling are also good stress busters for her. She opines that being physically fit helps one to be mentally fit as well. Her mantra: Positive change in Lifestyle brings a Change in You!



Food Faddism There are two required elements to food faddism. Exaggeration: Making wild health claims or having an obsession with only one tiny area of nutrition. There is a difference between believing that whole grains, for example, are good for your health in general. And, in making wild health claims about it curing specific diseases. The problem, here, is the lack of moderation. Belief: A health claim that cannot be supported by scientific research. There is a difference between believing that something is true.


What is Food Faddism – Crash Dieting?


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