You put your heart at risk
If you’ve tried a fad diet, did you keep the weight off? If not, you aren’t alone. Most fad dieters quickly put their weight back on after they stop dieting because it is simply not a long-term weight loss solution. Unfortunately, rapid weight gain can be more damaging than simply leaving you with a few extra pounds around your belly. Raponi explains, “Anytime someone undergoes drastic and rapid weight loss, they are putting themselves at a higher health risk. Studies have shown that yo-yo dieting is actually associated with a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and overall mortality.” According to CNN, women who have a normal BMI but have had cyclic weight loss and gain patterns are 66 percent more likely to die from coronary heart disease. If that’s not reason enough to pass on this type of diet, we don’t know what is. Here are some healthy snacks that can help you lose weight.
Your wallet will take a hit
Fad diets can be expensive. Dr. Seti says that many of them require, or at least recommend, you purchase supplements that not only put a strain on your wallet but also are risky for your health. Once that diet and its supplements don’t work, you move onto the next one, and the next, until you’re spending a ridiculous amount of money on a short-term solution. Instead, hone in your budget on making small, but effective, tweaks to your diet to create more well-rounded meals. Put your money toward a supply of fresh veggies and fruits, whole-grain pasta and bread, and healthy fats and oils for the week. Raponi suggests tracking everything you eat for a week or two with an app, like MyFitnessPal, so you can see what areas of your diet you really need to focus on. This will give you a better idea of where to put your money and how to change your eating habits. Here’s how a healthy, high-protein breakfast every morning can help you lose weight.