We’ve all tried at least one of them; no carbs, no red meat, no vegetables (what?!) and living off of boiled eggs. There are so many fad diets around that the shelves of your local book store are probably bowing under the weight of all these ‘nutrition’ books. Many people will try a few, realise they’re not working and then try something else. There’s a common theme here; fad diets fail, but why?
You shouldn’t cut out a food group
No matter what Doctor so and so says in his book about dieting, there is no reason for anyone to cut out a major food group unless you are allergic to certain things (such as milk, or gluten). Your body needs every single one of the food groups in order to do everything it needs to do. Taking one, or more, of these away will only tell your brain to go into ‘safety’ mode which will then tell your body to start storing fat. That’s not exactly what we’re looking for now is it? As long as you balance out the food groups in the right way, you’ll be absolutely fine! You can see nutritional information on every single packet or tin of food you buy and can look up fresh fruit and vegetable information online. Keep a note of what you’ve eaten during the day to see what you’re lacking, or eating too much off.
The meals are far too complex
As some of you may be aware, there are several diet fads which concentrate on some pretty incredible meals. However, trying to locate and cook swordfish is probably not the easiest thing to do, especially if you’re a busy person. A lot of the dieting books don’t concentrate on quick and easy meals that you can make at home, or that the whole family will enjoy. You’re much better off going on a cooking course that will give you some great hints and tips on how to cook quickly, easily and healthily. Plus, you’re likely to meet a lot of people who are doing exactly the same thing as you! You can just opt for one lesson in a certain type of cuisine, or go for a whole range of different lessons to spice up your breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Most of us just don’t have the time
Let’s be honest, losing weight or dieting can take up a lot of our time. Busy people won’t have the time to follow a step by step guide on the healthiest way to cook a potato. Add in all of the exercise we need to get in a week and it seems as though there is no time for fun or enjoyment. This is one of the main reasons a fad diet will fail, but is one that needs to be seriously considered. First, learn to cook some quick and easy meals (see above) and then make sure you get all of your food shopping done at the beginning of the week. Write up a menu of what you’ll be cooking each day and keep the recipes close to hand. If you can, make up a larger batch then needed and freeze some of it to be used later on in the week.
The clue is in the name when it comes to fad diets! You are much better off losing weight, or dieting by eating a balance of all the food groups, making a little bit of time for cooking and knowing how to cook in the first place!