Fad Diets

Is a Low-Carb Diet Safe for Kids?

If your preteen or adolescent is interested in a carbohydrate-restricting diet, there are some things you should know.

Fad diets, as their name implies, are short-term quick fixes that actually set many dieters up for weight-loss failure. If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Learn more about diet trends and get answers from the food and nutrition experts.

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