Fad Diets: Are They Worth The Hype?

Fad diets exert an inexplicable appeal to women. We’re repulsed yet fascinated by the idea of losing a few pounds fast. In fact, the faster the pounds are shed, the happier we (think) will be.fad-dietFrom time to time, a new fad diet emerges, claiming to be the last one you’ll ever need to try. Not thinking how every single other diet failed you miserably, you think, Why not?

As people become more desperate to achieve their weight loss goals, the more absurd their tools become. The latest fad diet to add to an already longwinded list is the Cotton Ball diet. Obviously, some people are willing to try anything as long as it will help them achieve their goals — even if they will have to eat material we use to make T-shirts with.

The Cotton Ball Diet

This trending diet is a dangerous one. Believed to have originated in the modeling industry, this trend is emulated by teenage girls who afraid of gaining weight, dip cotton balls in orange juice or other drinks to make themselves full on what’s practically zero calories.

Experts warn people against this increasingly popular trend, appearing in social media, Youtube and of course in the news. These cotton balls can actually get sucked into a person’s intestines, making their passing hard and even requiring surgical removal to provide relief.

This trend is popular with teenage girls and young women who seek to achieve the body image ideals championed by supermodels and magazines. Nutrient depletion and other serious medical problems such as digestive tract obstruction, are some of the possible risks of this diet.

Let’s just hope, teens and for that matter, everyone realize the absurdity and hazardousness of this faddy diet and choose more health-focused eating habits.

The Corset Diet

A diet as appalling and dangerous as the Cotton Ball diet, the Corset Diet has been making the rounds on the web with women discussing its magnificent results; it’s being suggested that with the Corset Diet you can lose up to 6 pounds in just 7 days.

What the corset diet rests upon is that by wearing this restrictive garment around your waist, you’re achieving a similar effect to having a gastric bypass sleeve. The special corset is worn for a few hours each day and gradually you increase the amount of time you wear it to ensure you practically cannot eat much food. Not too shabby right?

Doctors warn against this new fad diet as it can alter one’s body shape substantially. People who wear these corsets for up to 10 hours a day are more likely to get a slimmer waist, as their ribcage pushes inwards. Apart from a deformed waist shape, the Corset diet doesn’t allow proper breathing and adequate organ oxygenation which can cause skin and organ bruising and even more serious medical issues.

Unsustainable and dangerous, it’s a wonder that this diet has enthusiastic fans who cannot see its damaging, borderline absurd effects.

5:2 Intermittent Fasting

The 5:2 diet or Fasting Diet is a dieting pattern which expects you to eat as usual for five days and then for two days constrict your food intake to about 1/4 of what you normally eat. Apart from weight loss — people lose about 1 pound/week— this has many other health benefits, from improving cholesterol levels and blood pressure to achieving better insulin sensitivity.

This fasting diet, hasn’t receive as much negative criticism as other fad diets. In fact, many don’t consider it a fad diet at all, since the weight loss achieved is not as dramatic and sudden as with other diets.

However, its long-term effects, and sustainability haven’t been tested thoroughly, so there’s no way of knowing if the fasting diet is the ultimate weight loss solution.

Five-bite diet

This is a fad diet, championed by Dr. Alwin C. Lewis. It supports that weight loss is a matter of drastic calorie intake reduction. The diet you skip breakfast altogether — which goes against a heavy body of literature glorifying the importance of breakfast for weight management. Then, for lunch and dinner you’re only allowed only five bites of food.

This is another calorie-restricted diet which achieves weight loss by forcing your body to make do with a drastically reduced calorie intake. Although the diet recommends taking vitamins, protein and other nutrients in the form of supplements, it’s still a nutrient-depleting diet which cannot possibly by sustained for long periods of time. Another sad truth about this diet is that once you resume back to your human-appropriate eating portions, the sudden weight loss is more likely to return.


This is another crash diet that’s gaining popularity. People proudly show off their monomeals on Instagram and Facebook, in the majority being fruit-based.

A monomeal is nothing but a meal consisting of a single food — more likely fruit or vegetable. The idea behind this diet is that by choosing a single food, you provide alleviation to the overly burdened digestive system which has to break down complex meals and numerous artificial ingredients.

It’s asserted that a mono diet enhances the eating experience since by eating just one food, all its flavors are brought out. In addition, many claim that the mono diet offers a satisfying experience that promotes satiety and helps you lose weight at the same time.

This is sadly yet another dieting fad that depletes your body from necessary nutrients which can have a series of implications for your health. Ultimately, no diet no matter how promising or hotly endorsed might be can compete with a lifestyle change that champions exercise and healthy eating habits.

Stanley Burnett is a nutrition expert from the United Kingdom who cares about the ways people lose weight and gives unbiased reviews of popular slimming tablets and diet programs on his slimmingpillsinfo.co.uk website.

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