A fad is defined as a trend or craze. It is something that is followed by the masses within a culture, social group, generation, or any particular demographic that achieves short-lived popularity but usually fades away over time.
Fad diets, as the name suggests, is a diet plan that like other fads, gains popularity for a short time. These diets may or may not have scientific evidence to support them. They are usually not recommended by doctors as well but are often popular only because of the promise of unrealistic and quick weight loss. Most fad diets are often ineffective in the long term.
However, there are some “fad” diets that can be healthy, sustainable, and well-balanced. Here are three that actually work.
The diet that kicked off the low –carb revolution worldwide is the Atkins diet. It was first introduced by cardiologist Robert Atkins, who used it to help his patients in the early 1970s. The Atkins produces rapid weight loss all the while curbing hunger and cravings.
The Atkins diets are comprised of four phases. The first phase is a two-week Induction Phase that only allows the consumption of 20 grams or less of carbs per day while allowing the consumption of unlimited protein and fat.
After the initial induction phase, dieters are allowed to gradually add carbs back into their diets in small 5-gram increments. This is done to determine the “critical carbohydrate levels” for your body where you continue to lose weight and maintain weight loss.
Even though the ketogenic diet is often labeled a “fad” diet, it has proven itself to be an extremely effective way for weight loss.
The ketogenic diet (known as keto for short) works by lowering the levels of insulin in your body and making your body use stored body fat as its primary fuel source.
However, unlike Atkins or other low-carb regimes, the keto diet doesn’t allow the user to ever increase their carb intake. Ketogenic meal plans typically allow less than 50 grams of carbs per day. The Ketogenic diet not only helps in weight loss but also helps with other health issues, thereby lowering the risk of diseases caused by obesity.
The Military Diet
The military diet requires is a highly specific three-day meal plan that requires you to follow a low-calorie diet for 3 days. You may then eat your regular meals for the following 4 days and then repeat the cycle until you reach your goal weight.
For the first 3 days, caloric intake is strictly restricted and the user consumes only 1,400 the first day, 1,200 on the second, and 1,100 calories on the third day. The diet is high in protein and low in fat, carbohydrate, and calories. The diet plan is very specific about what you can eat to make up the allocated calories
To achieve your goal weight and maintain it long term, it is important that you adopt a healthy lifestyle choice of eating that you enjoy and can sustain.