5 fad diets explained

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Gluten is a sin. Juice cleanses are all the rave. Carbs are a modern day form of evil. We’ve all heard about someone, whether it be your favorite celebrity or a friend, partake in some obscure, strict fad diet that they claim “sheds belly fat, leaves you glowing from the inside out” etc. But are these diets necessary? Are they effective? Let’s weigh in on 5 of the most recent fad diets to cause a whirlwind in the health scene. 
 

ATKINS

High protein, high fat, low carb diet. 

Foods to avoid are grains, sugars, starches, and high carb fruits and veggies.

Foods encouraged are meats, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, dairy, and leafy greens.

So…. we’re constantly being told to increase our fruit and veggie intake, and reduce our fat/meat/dairy intake, then what’s the deal with this? By cutting out carbs, you lose weight temporarily if that is your goal. But by cutting out mostly carbs altogether, and eating a diet high in fat, you could be raising your cholesterol and diminishing your fiber intake. 


ALKALINE

Fundamental idea is that you lose weight by stabilizing your body’s pH levels .

Foods to avoid are any processed foods, meat, dairy, caffeine, or alcohol.

Foods encouraged are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.


It’s never a poor choice to fill your body with complex carbs and healthy fats, but there’s no concrete proof that pH levels significantly impact weight loss. Also, the body works to break down acid, especially in the gut, so eliminating these certain foods could hinder optimal digestion.

 

KETO

High fat, high protein, minimal carb diet. Designed to bring the body into a state of ketosis, which takes fat from cells and produces it into energy.

Foods to avoid are pasta, rice, grains, potatoes, and fruits.

Foods encouraged are fish, meat, eggs, dairy, and leafy vegetables.

I’m sorry what? Eating an abundance of dairy and meat is going to help me feel transformed? Carbs are meant to fuel the body, and the body goes into a state of shock when carbs are initially depleted. People typically experience extreme nausea and fatigue when first adjusting to the Keto diet… is it worth changing the way your body metabolizes food?

 

PALEO

Nicknamed the “Caveman Diet”. Large emphasis on whole foods and high protein and fat sources.

Foods to avoid are processed sugars, grains, dairy, and legumes.

Foods encouraged are meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. 

Okay, definitely more diversity than the Atkins or Keto diets as you can actually eat fruits AND vegetables! But if the diet is centered around eating whole, unadulterated food, what is the big deal with ingesting whole grains? Again, may keep you fulfilled temporarily, but does it actually make a difference in the long run?

 

WHOLE 30

The premise is stabilizing your body for 30 days by eating whole foods and steering clear of any additives.

Foods to avoid are dairy, grains, alcohol, legumes, and any processed soy or added sugar.

Foods encouraged are meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables, seafood, nuts, seeds, and yes, coffee!

While it’s beneficial to try and avoid foods that contain harmful additives or artificial ingredients, eating right just for 30 days can help with maintenance but may cause you to revert back to your old ways at the end of the 30 days. 

 

General consensus: finding what works BEST for YOUR individual body is the key to guiding weight loss and aiding transformation. Even if you conform to a strict diet and observe noticeable changes, if you resort back to your old habits, you’re going to gain the weight back. And that, ladies and gents, is why they are called FAD diets.