Weight Management: Say No to Fad Diets

Registered Dietitian Kristen Curtis suggests we all steer clear of fad diets if we really want to effectively lose weight.

The following is a transcription of the video: 

A fad diet is diets that aren’t really proven to be effective. They are usually relatively extreme. There’s different examples of fad diets, more than we could even count. Some of them that we’re well aware of are like the Atkins Diet, where you don’t eat any carbohydrates. One of the focuses now is the Paleo Diet. So there’s different things and not all of those diets are completely bad. They have components in them that may be fine, but a lot of times they’re so extreme.

We don’t want to eliminate any food group altogether. What we want to do is, if you’re eating too many carbohydrates, cut back on that. Or change them to whole grains, really watching the portion sizes. When you follow a fad diet, or any diet really, it’s something that is often short term. So when we talk about healthy eating and healthy nutrition, it’s really about developing a healthy lifestyle. Something that you can stick with. So as soon as you, you know, you’re on a fad diet, you stop that and then your weight comes back typically. Or you’re on that fade diet and your missing out on key vitamins, minerals, nutrients because you’re depriving your body of things that it needs.

So, I never recommend the fad diets to my patients. I think, you know, fad diets apply to all generations because they’re on the media like crazy. You turn on the television and they’re talking about something today and then the next day it changes, so how do you know what the right thing to do is? As you age, the really overall importance of nutrition is imperative. 

Last updated : 03.25.2017

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