Many people who want to lose weight are willing to try any diet that is featured in magazines, talk shows and on shelves at their local bookshop. Many people find these diets appealing and tempting to try. These diets are now known as fad diets and have been around for a while.

Many fad diets rely on macronutrient manipulations and low-calorie intake in order to achieve weight loss. Fad diets almost always fail to promote sound diet ideas. They want dieters to rely on their diet plan to successfully lose weight and manage it. They may also be promoted by others as a way to eliminate certain foods. Others have suggested that their diets be determined by an individual’s blood type. Celebrities are promoting others and even naming them after famous places that are associated with thinness and fame.

Does this mean that fad diets are not effective in helping dieters lose weight? Are there any fad diets that are effective in helping people lose weight? Weight loss diets, including fads, work by reducing calories. This creates a calorie deficit which then leads to weight loss. People lose weight when their energy consumption is lower than their calorie intake. Fad diets can in a large way help people lose weight but not in the right manner and certainly not for long-term. 

These diets tend to limit certain nutrients that are essential for the body’s optimal function. Many of these diets reduce calories intake by reducing it to around 1,000 calories per day, as opposed to the recommended daily limit of 1,200 calories. A fad diet, which focuses on reducing or eliminating fats in particular, can quickly cause the body to lose water. The bathroom scale will always reflect water weight. This is the first thing people notice about most fad diets. It is why most people assume they are trying to fake it.

The body will begin to lose muscle mass as a result of the decreased calorie intake. Only after the glycogen in the muscle mass is significantly depleted does the body begin to burn stored fat for energy. However, dieters begin to feel weaker and less able to do their normal activities after three to four weeks. It takes more energy and time to burn fat than glucose and glycogen. Most dieters reach this stage when they feel weak and unsustainable.

The process of restructuring the body cells and muscles that have been depleted by the nutrient shortage of the diet can often result in dieters returning to their previous weight, or even adding weight to the weight they were before the diet. The initial weight loss experienced when following a fad diet does not result in the loss of unwanted bodyfat but the loss of water and the depletion or muscle mass. Fad diets tend to be more scale-based than actual weight loss programs.

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