Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

By show of hands, how many of you have had success with a fad diet? I’m not talking about losing a few pounds and then gaining back twice as much when you go off the diet. I’m talking about real, sustained, healthy weight loss. So, answer honestly and let’s see those hands.

Why aren’t you raising your hand? I thought fad diets were so popular because they work so well. Shouldn’t we all be raising our hands right now?

Okay, so you get the point. I’m not a big fan of fad diets. I don’t like them because they don’t work. These diets are surrounded by lots of hype and plenty of testimonials, but the reality is that they don’t produce sustainable and healthy weight loss. More often than not, in the long run a fad diet will leave you the same or worse off than before you started the diet.

So, why don’t these diets work? I’ll give you the long answer in a minute, but Certified Nutrition Specialist Mike Geary summed it up perfectly in his book The Truth About Six Pack Abs. Simply put…

The problem with most fad diets is that they typically limit consumption of a certain macronutrient (protein, carbs, or fat) or food group, and therefore tend to fight against what your body needs to function most efficiently.

So what’s wrong with limiting certain foods in your diet? You’ve been taught that fats and carbs are bad for you. You’ve been taught that they are the secret evil ingredients that make you fat, and if you can just make yourself completely avoid them then your excess fat will magically melt away never to return again.

Well, the truth is quite the opposite. Your body needs fat and your body needs carbohydrates. If you do not get enough of them, certain bodily processes (the ones that naturally fight fat storage and promote fat burning) start to shut down. Since most popular diets focus on limiting or completely avoiding fats and carbs, lets look at some of the negative impacts of reducing fats and carbs in your diet.

Negative Impacts Of Limiting Carbs In Your Diet

  • Loss of lean muscle
  • A lower Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
  • Reduced muscle glycogen levels
  • Less energy
  • Muscles start to look flat or deflated
  • Reduced ability to recover quickly from workouts

Negative Impacts Of Limiting Fat In Your Diet

  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Increased hunger and cravings
  • Your body craves carbohydrates to compensate for reduction in fat
  • Reduced performance of fat burning metabolic processes
  • Reduced ability to perform numerous essential bodily processes and functions

Okay, so now you’re confused. On the one hand, you have been told not to eat fats and carbs. On the other hand, I’m telling you that bad things will happen if you don’t eat fats and carbs. So, which is it?

As with many things in life, the answer is moderation. More specifically, moderation and knowledge. You shouldn’t eat too many fats and carbs, and you shouldn’t avoid them completely. On top of that, it is also essential to eat the right kinds of fats and carbs.

Learning how to eat properly can be difficult, but it is an essential part of living a happy and healthy life. If you want to lose your excess body fat the right way and keep it off forever, I suggest learning about and understanding the roles that fats, carbs and the other main components of your diet play in storing or burning body fat.

One of the best guides I have found on eating the right way to burn fat is The Truth About Six Pack Abs. It explains things very well and helped me understand how you can lose weight without avoiding any food groups or classes of macronutrients. Give it a read and you’ll be glad you did.

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3 Responses to “Why Fad Diets Don’t Work”

  1. I have been working on getting my 6-pack back for about 5 months now. I am doing sit-ups, and they seem to help (along with a slightly better diet and more aerobic exercise). I’m even able to do more and more sit-ups per session (I started at about 40, now I easily do 3 sets of 25). But the layer of jiggle over my abs is still present.

    Any tips?

  2. nice post. thanks.

  3. Ben – Sounds like you’re making some good progress. As you’ve already noticed, working out your abs will make them stronger but it will not get rid of any excess belly fat. Since it is impossible to target fat in a particular area, you need to work on a general fat loss program if you want your abs to really show. The best way to burn fat is to build muscle and the best way to build muscle is to concentrate on full-body, multi-joint, strength training exercises. For a great guide on exactly how to do this, check out The Truth About Six Pack Abs.

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