Gabriel Patterson, Toronto Fitness Trainer Shares 5 Ways to Help You Recognize a Fad Diet

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Even as recently as 10 years ago, weight loss diet fads were easy to recognize. They usually recommended extreme deprivation and laid down too many restrictions. Such diets have evolved. Today, fad diets are called lifestyle changes. They attempt to sound less faddish, as well, by being less restrictive. Nevertheless, these diets still aren’t healthy. “It’s important to know how to identify a faddish diet when you see one,” stated Gabriel Patterson, Torontofitness trainer. Gabriel touches on way to help you avoid fad diets.

It uses language that is black-and-white

Diets that advise an all-or-nothing approach usually have the wrong idea. If everything that a diet recommends is cut-and-dried as right or wrong, or something you should always do or never do, it’s likely not scientific. The outcome of a diet depends on how your behavior averages over an extended period of time. When you indulge in a treat once in a while, it doesn’t break your diet right away.

It paints large groups of foods as undesirable

If a diet plan demonizes entire classes of foods, there’s probably something wrong with it. Gluten-free diets are an example. While only 1 percent of the population needs to stay gluten-free for medical reasons, the gluten-free food industry has turned into one that’s worth billions promoting the diet to the general public.

Every food type supplies your body with important nutrients. You need to eat a wide variety of foods to stay healthy. Cutting large groups of foods out of your diet can only cause poor nutrition over the long term.

It promises results that seem too optimistic

If a diet is said to deliver results that seem too good to be true, it probably involves expensive and unnecessary supplements. You need to be wary of plans where pills or products advertised as miracle cures for obesity are promoted. It’s important to understand that you can only come by a healthy weight level through consistently providing yourself with enough nourishment, and getting enough exercise on daily basis.

It offers cookie-cutter plans

If a diet plan is inflexible when it comes to accommodating the needs of people who come from different cultural or economic backgrounds, there’s probably something wrong with it. Food is an important part of tradition and family life. A one-size-fits-all plan that isn’t sensitive to the needs of different kinds of people is likely too rigid to be scientific.

It attempts to deliver results by tricking the body

Some diet plans have you drinking water to satisfy your hunger pangs, or eating mindfully to make your body think that it’s getting more food than it really is. These plans don’t work. Hunger is a complex mechanism that’s evolved over millennia. It can’t be tricked in simple ways. When you try to trick the body into eating less, the body usually finds another way to get its calories. You should, instead, try to eat a balanced diet, and get enough exercise.

Gabriel Patterson, shares “fad diets attempt to lure people in with quick answers to a complex problem. It’s important to train yourself to understand the science behind claims made, and make wise choices. It is your responsibility to understand what your body is consuming.”

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