Anyone who is on a fitness journey has come across a fad diet (yes, the glamorous and over sensationalised diet that promises dramatic results with little effort – it almost seems too good to be real!) Well unfortunately it is, and weight loss can’t be achieved by an over-simplified ‘quick fix’ solution. In fact, research has shown that fad dieting, quick weight loss, has not only proven unsuccessful with long-term weight loss, but is also hazardous to one’s health.

The Dangers of Fad Dieting

Unbalanced/Restrictive Diet Methods: Many fad diets promote meals that don’t meet nutritional recommendations, which can be detrimental to your health. For example, many diets restrict an intake of fats and carbohydrates. This poses as a serious threat because the body needs a certain amount of nutrients each day to function properly, and when your body doesn’t get these foods it begins to shut down and deteriorate.

Dehydration: Fad diets often promise rapid weight loss in a short amount of time, but the weight that falls off first with these diets is nothing more than water weight. The loss of such water can lead to serious dehydration and cause digestive issues that can be life threatening in the long run. The body needs water just as much as it needs food to properly function on a daily basis.

Exhaustion: Many fad diets require participants to restrict and severely lower their calorie intake in an unhealthy manner. When the body isn’t getting enough energy from food and calories, the cells aren’t getting the energy they need to keep a body moving and thriving, which leads you to feel tired and worn down. This can jeopardise all aspects of your life, as you need energy to wake up in the morning and lead a thriving life.

What is the Better way to eat? 

Eat a Well-Balanced, nutritional Diet: Always strive to eat the right balance of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats (those found in nuts, olives, etc.) grains and five servings of fruits and vegetables daily!

Eat Smaller Meals More Frequently: Don’t associate losing weight with starving yourself, the best and most effective way to kick start you weight loss and metabolism is by up to five small meals throughout the day.

Incorporate at Least 150 Minutes a week of Exercise: This is perhaps the most important piece of advice. People who see the desired results are those who couple working out with a healthy meal plan. It’s essential to find a workout that you enjoy and keeps you motivated week after week. Ideally, you’ll want a workout that combines both cardiovascular with muscle training, as both are keep components to a successful workout regime.

Take your time to find the workout that fits best with you lifestyle habits, weight loss should never be a quick fix, it is a lifestyle change, which requires time and dedication!