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.
A diet’s a diet, right?
Unfortunately, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of fad diets—you know, the ones that claim to help you drop several pounds in a short amount of time? Think The Military Diet, HCG Diet, and detox or cleansing diets. Behind its glitz, glamour, and promises, fad diets often have lots of false claims with no medical proof. In fact, experts are quick to debunk the claims of fad diets, noting that they’re often packaged as a healthy alternative to exercise, but that there’s really no such thing. “Ironically, one of the more common side effects of fad diets is often weight gain. Your body believes itself to be in [a] state of starvation and attempts to hang on to every calorie in a survival attempt,” explains Candice Seti, PsyD, CPT, CNC, founder of The Weight Loss Therapist. Yes, your diet could be doing just the opposite of what you want it to, and it can seriously hurt your health. Here are a few reasons your current diet isn’t working.