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Shereen Jegtvig, MS

What Is So Fascinating About Fad Diets?

By February 4, 2013

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People's fascination with popular fad diets fascinates me. Some fad diets have staying power, like low-fat diets, vegetarianism, low-carb diets and low-calorie diets, probably because they all have a fair amount of research (so really, they're no longer fad diets). And there are medical diets, like a gluten-free diet, which is mandatory for a person who suffers from Celiac disease, but lately has been utilized for potential weight loss. (Eliminating gluten or diary products is the trend right now.) Paleolithic or hunter/gatherer diets appear to be popular right now too. Some fad diets are pretty difficult to follow, like the Master Cleanse diet because there just isn't much food you're allowed to eat. And how about the baby food diet. It's not that it's unhealthy, it just sounds weird to eat baby food (unless you make your own -- that's probably much tastier).

Recently I wrote an article about alkaline diets. They sound impressive and rather chemistry-like, but really, there isn't much evidence that pH has anything to do with their value - the best thing they do is increase fruit and vegetable increase. Read more: What Is an Alkaline Diet?.

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Most fad diets have some silly ideas behind them, and I think you're better off following a balanced diet with just the right number of calories.
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