How to Spot Fad Diets and Bad Dietary Advice

We bang on about this all the time at G&G and you must be bored of hearing it by now but, there is no such thing as a quick fix solution to long term weight loss without potential health risks. It's that simple. So today we're delving into the the world of fad diets and how to spot bad advice.

Here are some tell tail signs of how to spot a fad diet with the help of the British Dietetics Association. G&G fully back and support the BDA in every way, and as we always say too, it if seems to good to be true, it usually is! If you have any questions about fad diets please feel free to get in touch or speak to a registered nutrition, dietician or your GP. Lets #fightthefads together :)

A fad diet or bad dietary advice focuses only on your appearance rather than on health benefits

First things first, what is a fad diet? Well, its the kind of diet plan where you eat a restrictive diet with few and/or unusual foods over a short period of time without making changes to your lifestyle. You also may initially lose weight very quickly, however it's likely you will not be able to sustain the diet and put weight back on, sometimes even more so than before, due to over eating.

So here they are, some top tips for spotting a fad diet and bad dietary advice...

  • The diet or plan promises a magic solution to solve your weight problem without having to change your lifestyle in any way and/or promises rapid weight loss of more than 2lbs (1kg) a week
  • It recommends only eating magical 'fat burning' foods such as the grapefruit diet 
  • The diet promotes avoidance or severe limitation of a whole food group, such as dairy products or a staple food such as wheat (and suggests substituting them for expensive doses of vitamin and mineral supplements)
  • It suggests that you eat mainly one type of food
  • It recommends eating foods only in particular combinations based on your genetic type or blood group
  • It makes reference to any suggestions that being overweight is related to a food allergy or a yeast infection
  • It offers no supporting evidence apart from a celebrity with personal success story to tell
  • Its based on claims that we can survive without food or having liquid meals only
  • It focus only on your appearance rather than on health benefits
  • Aims to sell you products or supplements and recommend eating non-food items
  • Offers recommendations based on a single study
  • Claims the same diet is recommended for everyone without accounting for specific needs
  • It is based on a ‘secret’ that doctors or health professionals are yet to discover
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