Diet is anything that you eat. But for some reason, today, the word ‘diet’ has become synonymous with trying to lose weight by reducing or cutting down the amount of food you’re eating. People say – “I’m going on a diet for some days.” But, the truth is that you’ve been on a diet since the day you were born! – Ramanpreet Kaur (an HCPC Registered Dietitian, London, UK) in a Facebook live talk on ‘Demystifying Fad Diets’ with Health Click Away on 11th July 2020.
Fad diets are identified as being deficient or imbalanced in nutrients in some way, often promising a rapid weight loss. Examples include ketogenic or keto diet, Paleo diet, Atkins diet, detox diet, celebrity diets, and many more.
They are so popular and ‘in-trend’ that they seem to be coming out as quick as any fashion because none of them are sustainable.
Problems with fad diets
1. They cause an energy imbalance and lead to unhealthy weight loss. So when you stop following these diets, you regain the weight and sometimes even more.
2. They may cause nutritional deficiencies in the body.
3. Since they may cause nutritional deficiencies, they may even weaken the immune system.
4. The cycle of losing and regaining weight (yo-yo dieting) may loosen the skin causing many other health issues related to metabolism.
5. It has many psychological effects as well.
6. It can may headaches and tiredness due to lack of energy.
7. A diet very high in protein may lead to kidney issues later in life.
Achieving sustainable weight loss – Consume a balanced diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
It is also helpful for you to know what your ideal body weight and estimated calorie intake should be. You can use the Health Click Away website with calculators to check your Body Mass Index (BMI), calorie intake according to your goal, and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).
“To enjoy a long life, you have to have a healthy body!” – By Ruchika Gupta (CEO, Health Click Away)
Check out the video below of the Facebook Live talk with HCPC Registered Dietitian Ramanpreet Kaur to know more about Fad Diets.