Have you been struggling with your weight? Does it seem that you’re not becoming any smaller despite following a diet? It may be because you’re following a FAD diet. FAD diets promise quick weight loss hence a lot of people turn to them. Dieting is always the first line of defense against weight gain and the biggest reason behind unconventional methods to hasten the weight loss process. Problem with FAD diets is that they are not sustainable. The kind of plans given are usually very restrictive with few foods or an unusual combination of foods for a short period of time. Research has shown that dieting rarely leads to long-term weight loss success. 98 percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it back within five years, 90 percent of people who lose weight gain back more weight than they originally lost, only 5 to 10 percent of dieters maintain weight loss that’s greater than 10 percent of their initial weight.
Problem with FAD diets is that they are not sustainable. The kind of plans given are usually very restrictive with few foods or an unusual combination of foods for a short period of time.
These diets put you at risk of nutrition deficiencies and compromise your muscle and hair due protein catabolism. They also cause metabolic problems because they push you into a state known as the “starvation mode” a state in which your body responds to prolonged periods of energy intake by burning supply of carbohydrate glycogen, fat and muscle stores, when this happens your body responds by slowing down your metabolism in order to preserve the little you have left and also holds on to the little food you eat making weight loss at this point even more difficult. Eventually individuals may experience nausea, light-headedness, dizziness and hunger which lead to irritability, fatigue, feeling lethargic and moody because the body and mind are being deprived of essential nutrients they need to be sharp and energetic.
If you’re overweight slimming down is critical for your overall health, but it is important to lose weight safely, a weight loss of ½ kg to 1 kg per week is recommended and the best way to do so is exercising regularly and consulting a licensed dietitian to guide you through the process.