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Ten Signs of a Fad Diet

  1. Promises a large or fast weight loss (more than one to two pounds per week)
  2. Does not include suggestions to consult with your doctor or a registered dietitian
  3. Encourages you to eliminate food groups (such as grains) or eat from a limited selection of foods
  4. Offers rigid menus that don't consider your likes, dislikes and lifestyles
  5. Neglects active living or lifestyle changes
  6. Provides far fewer calories than what is needed for an energized, healthy lifestyle
  7. Contradicts what most trusted health professionals say
  8. Depends on special products, supplements or treatments
  9. Has miraculous claims
  10. Relies on testimonials and anecdotes rather than scientific evidence

The traditional weight loss method emphasizing a well-balanced diet with a variety of foods including grains, fruits & vegetables, dairy and meat/fish, low in total fats, saturated fats and trans fats in addition to being physically active can result in long lasting weight loss and improved health. This doesn't sound too exciting, and let's face it - fad diets sure do know how to hook us, don't they? However, the traditional weight loss method stands the test of time for a simple reason: It works!

How to identify a Fad Diet- Written by Gloria Tsang, RD
Published in Aug 2004; Updated in Sept 2006

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