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Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Do you have an event coming up that you’d enjoy more if you lost a few pounds? A high school reunion, wedding, or vacation are all common reasons to try a fad diet. The problem is, fad diets don’t work.

That’s why the global “weight management market” is worth nearly $300 billion dollars today – a lot of people are trying whatever they can to lose weight. But these solutions tend to come and go quickly. Novelty diets promise to solve your weight loss issues with a few simple changes, or with elaborate calorie counting and expensive supplements.

Here’s what you can do instead, and the bonus is that it will provide long-lasting results.

How Do I Know If It’s A Fad Diet?

Fad diets can sometimes be difficult to identify, especially if they are promoted with “scientific evidence.” However, there are a few hallmarks you can look for.

Fad diets almost always work for a little while because of extreme calorie restriction. If you’re only eating cabbage or grapefruit, you’re not consuming many calories. The same is true of juice diets, and most other fad diets.

You’re going to lose weight if you’re consuming very few calories each day, but the problem is, eventually you’re going to go back to eating normally. If you’re overweight or obese, “normally” may mean too many calories for good health. Whether you’re eating too few or too many calories, you’re not consuming a healthy amount.

Extreme dieting

Another common problem with fad diets is that they restrict you from eating whole categories of various foods. For example, one fad diet is the “blood type diet” which claims that your blood type determines what you should and shouldn’t eat. For each blood type, whole categories are removed, whether it’s meat, corn, legumes, or others.

A healthy diet is usually a balanced diet that includes food from a variety of sources, including vegetables, fruits, proteins, grains, and healthy fats.

Just about any diet that makes huge promises of fast weight loss should be viewed with skepticism. If it seems too good to be true, it very probably is. Healthy weight loss is usually much slower than you’d like it to be, but unlike fad diets, healthy weight loss is long-term weight loss.

How To Get Out Of The Fad Diet Mentality

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight for any length of time at all, you’ve likely tried a few different fad diets. In fact, fad diets may seem like the best way to lose weight because we tend to think that weight loss must include deprivation.

Fasting and starvation are not effective ways to achieve permanent and healthy weight loss – this has been shown time and time again as patients quickly regain the weight they lose while engaging in these practices.

Invasive surgery and pharmaceutical drugs are also commonly used, but these are desperate measures – and the results often do more harm than good.

Your customized weight loss program doesn’t use gimmicks or extreme measures; it can fit right into your existing lifestyle. It makes use of natural and scientific principles – including whole foods and natural supplements – to quickly set you on the path to sustainable weight loss.

Research has shown that getting chiropractic adjustments regularly can help with your weight loss as well!

All of your treatments are doctor-supervised, completely private, and totally natural. Depending on your size, age, and adherence to the program, you will begin to lose 1-2 pounds per day until your weight loss goals are achieved. Keeping that weight off is equally important, and we’ll help you use the same natural principles to stay slim.

What Can I Expect During My Visit?

Your first visit will begin with a conversation about your health history and details about your current complaint. Next, our chiropractor will perform an examination that includes easy instructions about moving your spine or problem area(s), analyzing your posture, and finding out if any of your joints are not moving well.

Before you leave our office, you should know what they plan to do at your next appointment, and what you will do at home before you meet them again. Each subsequent visit includes a discussion of how you’re feeling, progress with the prescribed home activities or exercises, answers to questions you may have, hands-on examination of your spine or problem area(s), and plans for the next visit. Your visits alongside healthier eating and exercising will help you reach your weight loss goals!