What is a Fad Diet? A diet that gains popularity by making weight loss look and does require exercise.
How to spot a fad diet Does the diet put foods into “good” or “bad” categories? Does the creator of the diet blame weight problems on hormones or body chemistry? Does the diet guarantee that you can lose weight without cutting calories or exercising? Does the diet lack scientific proof? Does the diet suggest that you buy a brand of snack bar, drink, or supplement? Does the diet base it’s claims on supplements instead of real food? Does the diet have strict rules about when to eat meals?
Are Fad Diets Safe? Fad dieters often gain back weight as quickly as they lost it Some fad diets don’t provide enough nutrients. The brain needs a variety of nutrients to function properly. Other fad diets provide too much saturated fat which can cause heart problems and increase cholesterol levels Fad diets can create confusion about what foods are good for you
What should I do instead ? Listen to your body! Eat when you’re hungry and stop eating when you’re satisfied Consume a diet low in fat that provides vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fiber, whole grains, and low-fat milk Recognize that a safe weight loss goal is ½ to 2 pounds per week Limit the amount of high fat and high sugar foods and beverages Find ways to be active! Choose an exercise that you enjoy and will continue to do
ECU Nutrition Resources Free nutrition counseling for students: Student Health Services 328-6841 Or Campus Dining firstname.lastname@example.org@ecu.edu For nutrition programs, contact Campus Wellness at 328-5171