Tip of the Day
Declare Your Independence from Fad Diets
Today is the Fourth of July and… the center of bathing suit season. Instead of jumping on the band wagon of the latest diet trend to prepare yourself for holiday beach and pool parties this weekend, declare your independence from fad diets.
There is no magic pill for weight loss, no one food group to avoid that will magically melt away body fat. The bottom line is simple: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A few fad diet red flags to look out for include:
- Recommendations that promise a quick fix
- Dire warnings of danger from a single product or regimen
- Simplistic conclusions drawn from a complex study
- Recommendations based on a single study
- Statements refuted by reputable scientific organizations
- Lists of "good" and "bad" foods
- Recommendations made to help sell a product
- Recommendations based on studies that aren’t peer reviewed
- Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups.
For more information on declaring your independence from fad diets, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Fad Diets section.
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Reviewed May 2013