How to Tell a Fad Diet from a Real One

Posted on February 1, 2009 @ 2:01 am
by Johanna Williams

About 127 million Americans, that’s over 60% of all adults, are overweight. I’m sure that all these people don’t want to be overweight, and a lot of them are probably trying their hardest to get it under control. Yet, for whatever reason, it just doesn’t work.

I believe that no matter how many diets they follow, they never find one that works well in the long term. It’s nice to have quick results, but if you can’t keep them up, you may as well not start to begin with. A lot of the quick loss diets do worse then that though, they actually make you gain weight a few weeks after losing it.

So, if you want to find a real diet that actually works, you need some way of telling which are the fake ones. Here, I’m going to give you the information you need to pick out the diets that can make you lose weight, and keep it off. Before you even buy the book.

The very first thing to take a look at is the guarantee they provide. If there isn’t any guarantee, or they only offer you a very short one, don’t take it. However long they promise it will take for you to notice the effects, I suggest you make sure the guarantee is for double that long. You don’t want to have the diet fail you right after the guarantee expires.

Furthermore, notice how long it takes to lose the weight, and if they promise you can keep it up. It is possible to drop a lot of weight very quickly, but you’ll always gain it back. The only way to lose weight and keep it of is to lose it slow and steady. So if they promise you 5lb/week or less, it’s likely to be genuine. 10lb or more, be suspicious – the diet might work quickly, only to have you pile on the weight two weeks later.

You can’t be too careful with your health, a dumping a load of fat very quickly will wreak havoc with your system. Besides which, even if you do get the weight off, you need a long term plan to make sure it stays off. It’s rare for a diet to keep working months after you’ve used it to lose weight, and even rarer for someone to want to stick to the diet!

Now, not all diets are like that, and there are ways to lose weight extremely quickly without problems. For instance, I knew a woman who lost 20lbs in a week. How did she do it? Three hours a day, every day, in the gym, working it off. It was very hard work, but she succeeded. These diets aren’t saying “Go work out” though, are they? No, the tell you to eat, and often to eat as much or more then you normally do. Does that make sense to you? Because it doesn’t to me.

If they are telling you that you can eat as much as you want and not have to work it off, then either it’s a scam, or they are cutting out all the nutrients you need to live. That will reduce your weight, but it will also seriously weaken you, harm your health, and cause permanent problems in the long run. Steer clear of any promises like that.

So if the program promises you will gradually lose weight, then that’s a point in their favor. If they give a reasonable timeframe, and make suggestions that don’t fly in the face of common sense, then it’s probably not a fad. If they give good suggestions, perhaps providing workout routines and recipe guides, then it just might be worth trying. Remember, there’s more to dieting then a single fancy trick – stay away from anything that promises quick gains for a small change, or worse yet, tells you to cut out a whole food group.

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