Fad Diets

Q: There are so many food fads and diets out there. How do I know which one to follow?

Many of us have been curious or tempted to try the latest diet—and there have been many! Think the lemon detox, no carbs after five, grain-free, paleo, the 5:2, meal replacements or lately, keto.

Many fad diets come along with strict rules, expensive price tags and sometimes less than appealing foods or shakes. Rather than suggesting how to spot a good one, I prefer to suggest watch-outs. If you answer yes to these questions, then you’re probably not going to get the result you hope for.

Does it promise quick and easy weight loss?

Do you have to buy certain products and follow a strict plan?

Do you have to cut out certain foods or food groups completely?

Does the diet completely ignore exercise?

An accredited practising dietitian can work with you to come up with a healthy eating plan that is enjoyable and fits with your lifestyle. It won’t promise you will drop a dress size in a month, but it will be one that is something you can follow for the long term. 

—Trish Guy, Nutritionist, Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing


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