Fad Equals Bad: Why Fad Diets Will Always Fail

by JJ Virgin on October 16, 2009

Imagine this life: You kick up your feet, grab a mug of hot coffee, and just eat cookies all day long. The result? You lose so much weight that you get TV interview requests!

Now, it's time to wake up from “Fantasy Weight Loss Island.”

I have nothing against having a cup of java and kicking back. But I did have to laugh when I recently read that you can go on a Cookie Diet, remain healthy, and reach your goal weight. This definitely falls into the category of “If it sounds too good to be true… it's probably a really bad idea.”

The Cookie Diet & Other Hoaxes

Yes, I saw the woman on Good Morning America who went from a size 24 to a size 6 eating cookies. She lost 18 dress sizes eating six, 150-calorie protein-packed cookies instead of breakfast or lunch. She topped off the day with a 500-calorie dinner of lean protein and veggies.

Now, let me ask you a simple question or two: Does this sound like a healthy, long-term weight loss plan? Is it sustainable? Can you imagine the day when you wake up, stare at that cookie box, and think, “If I look at one more disc of compressed oatmeal, I'm going to scream!”

I want to remind you that your body is a chemistry lab. You're not going to set your system up to be a fat-burning machine when you're following the latest fad diet. Even if your favorite celeb says she eats nine eggplants a day and nothing else to lose weight, it doesn't mean that it's a safe and sound plan for you!

Just Say No to Fad Diets

Here are a few other popular fad diets sweeping the news media and Hollywood. Let me tell you why I don't recommend them:

One-Food Diets. Any diet that says you should just eat one food is ridiculous and dangerous. Why? It's virtually impossible for you to get all of your nutrients and vitamins from just one food, even if it sounds like a healthy food.

So forget the Grapefruit Diet, the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, or the I Only Eat Blueberries Diet. After a few days of this deprivation, you'll race into the kitchen and eat everything in sight that's not a grapefruit or a blueberry – it's an easy way to set yourself up for failure.

Master Cleanse Diet. If you hang out in Hollywood, you'll hear actors and actresses comparing their latest master cleanses. Yes, consuming nothing but hot lemon water will help you drop a few pounds, but it's a dangerous game. Soon, your body will actually go into deprivation mode and hold onto excess fat, and your immune system will be compromised.

When you begin to eat regular food again, it will seem like you're gaining weight. The truth is you've just lost water weight, and now it's coming back because you're feeding yourself in a regular way. It's just another vicious, feel-bad-about-yourself cycle…

The Baby Food Diet. Many new celebrity moms insist the best way to lose the baby weight is to order extra baby food and eat these tiny, runny portions along with your little bambino. I guess it's a way to cut calories… not to mention all that annoying time you spend chewing food on a daily basis. Deep breaths…

Doesn't this also sound like lunacy? Why as an adult would you want to eat two spoonfuls of liquid strained meat and pureed peaches? Just put down the little jars and have a small serving of organic, grass-fed beef and a real peach like a grown up.

The bottom line when it comes to fad diets is that you should avoid them. If it sounds like the latest “crazy diet plan,” then it is just that: crazy. It's bad enough to feel like you've failed again, but worse if you compromise your health while doing it.

In the long run, you're much better off adopting a sensible eating and exercise plan that guarantees your long-term success. If you want a weight loss boost, forget the Cookie Diet and add smart supplements like Metabolic Reset™, which can safely and naturally boost your metabolism by up to 17%.*

Remember, fad equals bad.