Fad diets, also sometimes referred to as celebrity diets, are extremely popular due to the media boasting so much about their remarkable results. Offering us BEFORE and AFTER pictures (the wonders of photo editing), making unreasonable claims for fast weight loss or healthy improvements. The media is everywhere around us:
Weight loss adverts popping up all around us! Linking Celebrities to diets and brain washing our minds that these restrictive diets are the successful way to lose weight.
If it is in the media then it got to be trustworthy information, right? Nope, wrong!
Did you know that weight loss information via the media is NOT regulated? So, any content is allowed for financial gain. Anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist / Nutrition Coach and post unresearched dietary advice. There’s so much in the media about how to lose weight, that it all can be very confusing to the public. Not everything you read is trustworthy, so be aware!
But what are the professionals saying…
FAD diets even though extremely popular and typically promise weight loss, often have no scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness. ''Why are there no reference to scientific studies and research outcomes? Hmmm! Doesn’t this make you wonder? ''
Fad diets are often nutritionally unbalanced and unhealthy when followed for long periods of time. These diets are difficult to maintain over the long term, resulting in people returning to their original ways of eating and most frequently putting weight back on.
FAD diets just leads to people becoming trapped in a cycle of extreme restrictive dieting, only to fall back to overeating for a period of time. Knocking their confidence, obsessing over food and stressing over their weight and appearance!
So who can the public trust and why?
In the UK, Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be regulated by law and are governed by an ethical code to ensure that they always work to the highest standard and maintain continuous professional development. Therefore, the public can feel safe to take advice from Dietitians for various health conditions.... ( please check if the same applies in your country!).
It is NEVER too late to change your life!
There is NO barriers except the one's you create!
Start with LITTLE goals and make small changes.
One step at a time will get you THERE!
Enjoy a VARIETY of foods but know your portion sizes.
Balance is key to a SUCCESSFUL weight loss journey and healthier lifestyle.
This way you are more likely to SUSTAIN long term weight loss.
If you need help, consult a Dietitian not the media.