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Fittingly Mad: Fad Diets

I understand that time is ticking and we are always looking for results that are quick and rapid. I understand where that comes from, but where does it stop?

The thing about it all that frustrates me the most is that when it comes to your body, quick and rapid are not terms that we should be looking for -- Especially when it comes to weight loss and exercise. Fad diets, much like cosmetic surgery, diet pills and steroids all promise fast results and America is definitely buying (literally and figuratively) into it.

A look at the top ten searches containing the term "diet" for the first week of 2007 were South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, Diet Pills, Diet, Diet Plans, Cabbage Soup Diet, Free Diet Plans, You on a Diet, Special K Diet and Lemonade Diet. Proving that America is (and has been) obsessed with the magic bullet. The thing is, there is no magic bullet when it comes to your health. Yeah you can do the Cabbage Soup Diet and you'll probably even lose a few pounds, but it's just not healthy. I am not shocked that "healthy diet" did not show up anywhere on the list, but it is a pretty sad realization.

Eat right and exercise. Seriously, it works. Don't starve yourself. Don't eat only one food for two weeks. These things don't work and honestly, they just make the whole game of losing weight an endless and miserable battle.

I don't know maybe you love Special K that much, but for those of us that don't -- Change your lifestyle. Figure out a way that you can incorporate eating healthy and getting more active into your life because once you do, you'll be a lot more successful and healthy.

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suzanne suzanne 10 years
My Mom too! She's "starved and stored" all her life. When she visits me for even a few weeks, she eats lots, but "balanced" and the weight and inches fall right off. Then she goes home and I try to remind her to keep it up, eat well, but balanced - and her reply is "I can't eat all that stuff... I'll put on all the weight I lost at your house!" So sad :( She never really gets it and so she battles obesity and guilt with every bite... and has done so all her life.
HariboLicorice HariboLicorice 10 years
Fad diets are unsustainable long-term. Even things like Atkins are not fad diets if you actually read the books and look at what the end-product meal plan looks like-it's those crazy hollywood fasts and stuff that's really terrible for you and unsustainable
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
My mom did fad diets for 20 years. Now that she's older, it's so much harder for her. I tried telling her so many times that she was hurting herself, then finally told her to quit talking to me about her diets because it made me uncomfortable to know that she was hurting herself. Finally, I got her on SparkPeople, and she was AMAZED at how much she could eat! I think she's lost 15 pounds now...which is more than she lost on ANY of her fad diets.
cams cams 10 years
duh. Obviously the average person doesnt realize this, thus 65% of adults are overweight
Marci Marci 10 years
I agree, Yum. Everyone tries these diets at times - me included - but in the end once you start eating normally again you gain all the weight back. I finally learned that lesson!
GolferGirl GolferGirl 10 years
The Lemonade Diet is actually pretty awesome to drop weight quickly.
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