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Don’t Fall for Fad Diets

Restrictive diets, fad diets, dangers of dieting

Paleo. Vegan. Dukan. Atkins. HCG. Zone. Aren’t they a mouthful? No pun intended. These diets all promise insanely good results, making people feel empowered and invigorated to take on the challenge. The problem is, they usually don’t leave you feeling empowered and invigorated while following them. Continue reading to learn more about fad diets and why they are often too good to be true.

When considering any diet, ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Is it sustainable for the rest of my life?

  2. Is it going to improve my health in the long term?

  3. Does it compromise my mental sanity?

The answer is typically no, for the first two questions and likely yes, for the third.

Before we get into each diet's specifics, let's address the common theme with all of them. What you will find with every “fad” diet you encounter is that it requires limiting the types of food you eat. While having a conscious mind about what you eat is always a great idea, limiting entire food groups (unless advised by a medical professional) is usually not a good idea. Cutting out entire food groups can leave us without key nutrients we need, and restrict energy intake to levels that may be dangerous for our health. This is why they are not sustainable and can leave you feeling weak, irritable and fatigued. Restrictive intake can also put the body into "starvation mode." This disrupts your metabolism and makes it harder or even impossible for your body to maintain weight loss or lose weight in the future, leading to what's called yo-yo dieting.

Ok! Let's jump into these diets. We'll start with the Paleo and the Vegan diet, considering these are opposites in some ways, and similar in others. The Paleo diet aims to