The phrase “fad diet” is thrown around so much these days that there seems to be quite a bit of confusion as to really what is a fad diet, or at least what the term actually means. Let break it down to understand it.
Most people think “diet” means to lose weight. It actually means just what you are eating to sustain yourself. My pet parrot is on a diet… corn, sunflower, safflower, and other assorted seeds, and therefore my parrot is on a diet of parrot mix. He is not losing any weight or at least I hope not. A horse’s diet is hay! You are on a diet, whatever you eat on a daily basis. Now you cold be on a “weight loss diet” or you could be on a “muscle building diet” or any other number of diet possibilities. Everyone is on a diet!
Remember the pet rock, hoola hoops, beanie babies, platform shoes? All fads that have come and gone. And that is exactly what a fad is, something that is popular for a while and then disappears. Fads are usually fun and that is why people like them.
Back to The Question
Now back to the meat of the subject. What is a fad diet? Since everyone and their brother is looking for an easy way to lose weight any weight loss diet that is popular for a short time and then falls from favor would be considered a fad diet. This could be due to the diet actually not working or more often than not most people are like those channel hopping TV remote abusers, jumping from diet to diet looking for a fast and easy way to lose weight with the smallest effort. Looking for that magic formula that doesn’t exist.
Some times the term fad diet is used negatively as if all popular weight loss diets are just scams and therefore “fad diets” This is just not true. Yes, I can think of some that are jokes but that is not true with all weight loss diets. Many out there are quality plans and only fail if the user does not correctly implement them.
Benefits For You
It really boils down to this. You can lose weight without any purchased diet plan or program. To do so you will have to do all the research to learn about the ins and outs proper weight loss techniques and then implement your own plan and stick to it. This can be time consuming and most people have time constraints or would rather spend their free time doing something else. A quality diet program takes all the work out of doing the research and coming up with a plan of action. A good program will keep you organized, motivated and on track.
So the next time some one tells you “I am on a diet” say “yeah, me too, food!'” and remember not all fad diets are created equal. Bet you thought all fad diets were scams. Guess what, I have examined dozens and All fad diets are NOT created equal.
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