Fad Diets Don’t Work for Weight Loss: Just Say No

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Today’s guest post from Kathleen Edwards spotlights why fad diets don’t work for weight loss over the long-term. Find out why they’re not healthy and why positive claims about them keep surfacing, in spite of the evidence.

The internet is full of fad diets, a quick fix for weight loss. These kinds of diets often come with unrealistic promises, such as “lose 15 pounds in a week” or “banish 3 inches of body fat overnight.” A whopping 62% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. This statistic is likely caused by two things: not enough physical activity and too many high-fat, high-calorie foods. But fad diets don’t work for weight loss – and here’s why you ought to just say no to them.

Fad Diets vs. the Weight Management Equation

If you want to lose weight, there is a simple calculation – you need to be burning more calories than you consume. Generally, you should do so with a combination of exercise and eating less. It is also about eating the right kinds of foods.

Try to avoid junk food and highly processed foods. Stick to fresh produce, without additives. By doing this, you should be able to lose weight gradually and find it easier to keep it off. Weight loss is about an overall lifestyle change. Educate yourself on how to keep healthy so you won’t have problems in the future.

Fad Diets Don’t Work: Watch out for Companies Peddling a Product

One way to help you identify fad diets is when a food company tries to sell a weight loss or diet product. It could be that special coffee that promises “you only need one cup a day and your body fat will instantly disappear!” Or perhaps it’s those bars and shakes meant to act as a meal substitute but actually have zero nutritional value.

Juice diets and liquid diets are very common – and often have one big issue. While weight loss may occur at first, as soon as you start eating properly then the pounds go straight back on. Often these kinds of diets are deficient in the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly too. This can leave you with health problems, such as anemia.

Fad Diets for Weight Loss: Too Good to Be True?

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Fad diets don’t work; they generally make claims that are too good to be true. After all, if their claims were genuinely true, we would all be on this diet. Fad diets are not balanced diets. Although you may find you have weight loss at first, it is not body fat – often it is just water weight that you have lost – this can lead to dizziness and light headedness. Take the cabbage diet – your body simply cannot sustain itself on cabbage.

Lack of Scientific Evidence?

Good healthy diets will be backed up by plenty of scientific evidence showing that it supports the body’s needs. It will be a diet that you can stick to, without feeling starved. It will promote healthy living, not just a quick fix.

If you are considering going on a diet, always consult your doctor or a good dietitian first. They will be able to help you lose weight at a sustainable pace. Fad diets don’t work so steer clear of them. They do not promote healthy living.

About Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards is a freelance writer and editor. She specializes in health and finance topics and loves the research process involved in her job. When not working she loves to travel with her son, music and hiking.


  1. Sorry Christy, I left a comment yesterday but it either went to spam or just didn’t ‘stick’, which seems to be happening too regularly lately, a WP glitch maybe.
    I’m not a fan of dieting and hate faddy diets, I’d ban them and everything they stand for and the unrealistic goals and pressures they create if I could! Great post 🙂
    Caz xx

    • Let’s banish fad diets! I’m with you, Caz 🙂 Oh dear, I found the other comment over in spam ~ I’ll just keep this new one rather than having duplicates. Sorry about your going into the spammy pile – you’re much too good for that xo

  2. Scary stats, Kathleen and Christy! I think we can start reversing this trend by saying no to supersized meals, and actually using common sense in our food choices.

  3. I can vouch for fad diets not working, lol I did enough of them when I was younger. The best diet is to begin a healthy eating plan and make it a lifestyle. 🙂

  4. Losing weight is hard work but approaching it in a positive way with exercise, fewer calories, and replacing processed foods with fresh produce and healthy servings of protein is not just a plan to lose weight, but a life-style change.

  5. I have done lots of research and have found that Intermittent Fasting is very effective in getting rid of your fat and helping you lose weight. It also has an abundance of health benefits for your physical, mental, and even emotional needs. I have personally tried intermittent fasting and found it helpful. I am actually doing a series right now on intermittent fasting if anyone would like to check it out!

  6. I’ve come to realize that healthy eating doesn’t have to be that expensive or difficult at all if you do it right. There is a group that I have mentioned in my blog post called ladyboss lifestyle and the girl who runs it give all kinds of recipes, tips, inspirational videos on how to eat healthy and most of her recipes are cheap and delicious too. I love it.

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