Fad diets may help you lose weight quickly, but that weight is just as quick to return once you go back to your old eating habits. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, research shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are the most successful at keeping it off.
Why? These diets generally fail to teach you good, sustainable eating habits for the long-term. That’s why one-third of all weight lost with a diet is regained within one year, and most is regained within three to five years, according to the American Council on Exercise.
Plus, fad diets are often nutritionally lacking, especially those that cut out an entire food group or groups. Instead of following a balanced diet, you follow a highly restrictive one that can be hard to adhere to for any length of time. If you fall off the diet wagon, which is almost inevitable when you’re so restricted, you may feel like a failure and that a healthy weight is not within your reach.
And the kicker: Many fad diets don’t encourage exercise, which is an essential element to any healthy lifestyle, says Mark Hyman, MD, family physician, author and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.
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