4 Fad Diets & Why (Surprise...) They Don't Work!

And ultimately, by restricting food groups, we tend to crave them more.
— Dalina Soto
Is your diet keeping you from enjoying cake at your child’s birthday party? Is restriction worth it?

Is your diet keeping you from enjoying cake at your child’s birthday party? Is restriction worth it?

Summarized by Maria Terry

Article written by Dalina Soto

Sugar detox. Gluten-free. Vegan after 6pm. Intermittent Fasting. Keto. What do these all have in common, besides driving your non-diet dietitian insane?

Restriction. Fad diets get trendy and eventually fade off until another trend catches our attention. Why? Because restricting food groups, nutrients, and time frames simply isn’t a sustainable lifestyle practice. For those who medically require a diet (e.g. ketogenic diet in children with seizure disorders, carb counting in Type 1 diabetes to correspond with adequate insulin units), restriction can be life-saving. But for people who aren’t facing medical requirements to diet, I will break down the WHY behind the failures of fad diets.

Check out Dalina’s latest Healthline article analyzing 4 popular diets (gluten-free, low carb, keto, and paleo) and how they fall short when it comes to attaining sustainable lifestyle practices and achieving weight-loss, if that is your goal.

Personally, I recommend considering how restriction affects you mentally and physically and inevitably leads to obsessing over food and binging, followed by guilt. Let’s lose that weight - the weight of not being enough and needing to diet - and find a healthy relationship with our food.