Many of us have heard of fad diets before as quick ways to reach certain body goals with the support of our favorite celebrities. Some of the more popular fad diets have been keto, juicing, appetite suppressing drinks and candies, and many more. However, these diets seem to only last short term for most people and can often lead to negative mental and physical effects
Often these fad diets result in burn out after only a few weeks of dieting, as they are extremely restrictive and cause relapse in unhealthy eating. It is very difficult to make changes to your everyday habits, especially when you try to make multiple changes at once. Working with a licensed health care provider can help you take dietary changes one step at a time, ensuring that these changes stick.
These diets can affect the way we think, leading to negative feelings towards oneself and eating disorders. Keto can lead to fatigue and even ketoacidosis if done for too long, which is a serious medical condition. Juicing can cause feelings of sadness and a lack of essential nutrients being absorbed into the body. Appetite suppressing substances can lead to unhealthy eating standards, sadness, and eating disorders such as anorexia.
It is important to understand your reasoning for dieting, whether it be body image goals, or well-being goals. It is healthy to want to improve upon your diet and lifestyles as long as you are doing it for you and not to fit into society’s unrealistic expectations. Working with a professional dietitian (such as Bonnie) or nutritionist can make sure that you are setting realistic dietary goals and are able to meet them in a happy and healthy manner.