NUTR 1322 Basic Nutrition Discussion Post 5
NUTR 1322 Basic Nutrition Discussion Post 5
After reading the information provided by DeBruyne et al. (2016) in regards to fad diets, I think the following characteristics lure people into trying them: such diets ignore diet recommendations and suggest that people eat in abundance their favorite foods, such as meat products, while excluding vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains; such diets are also supported by sophisticated, yet erroneous, explanations of the metabolic consequences of consuming certain foods. The problem is fad diets promote inadequate nutrient intakes and calorie restriction. Hence, such diets should not be followed, as they are essentially ineffective, especially long-term. To avoid falling into a trap, it is important to understand that, if a diet sounds too good to be true, promises quick and unrealistic results, eliminates an entire food group, fails to mention potential risks, bases evidence of effectiveness on anecdotes, or makes erroneous claims, it is a scam. While I personally have never followed a fad diet, I have a friend who had: she quickly lost weight in the first week, but then could not endure limiting her calorie intake so much anymore, so she returned to her usual way of eating and quickly gained not only her original but also higher weight.
Hi Branda, great post, I really enjoyed reading it! I agree with your argument that fad diets are becoming more and more popular these days. I think the reason is our society is struggling with the obesity epidemic. As you mentioned, it is a serious problem nowadays, which requires solutions. People search for quick fixes, because they realize that being overweight or obese is harmful for their health, but they do not understand that following a fad diet is just as bad. People are prepared to cut out the important groups of macronutrients or develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies only to avoid working hard. Unfortunately, the outcomes are often contrary to their expectations. I think, when people realize that there are no quick fixes for weight problems, they will start following a healthy meal plan and engage in physical activity.
Hi Eric, thank you for your post! I agree with your argument that fad diets often promise quick and easy solution to weight problems without substantiating their claims by research. Such diets also often omit mentioning the need to engage in physical activity to sustain weight loss, which is why those who follow fad diets get back to their original and even higher weight afterwards. I personally know an individual who tried a fad diet and lost weight, but then quickly regained all the kilos she lost and even a couple extra. She also developed problems due to lack of minerals and nutrients in the diet she followed and had to invest a substantial amount of money to improve her health. Watching her struggle made me realize how unhealthy dieting is, which is why I have never tried any diet, let alone fad diet, but prefer to exercise and ear healthy instead.
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