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3 Fad Diets You Need to Avoid at All Costs

Looking for the best diet for weight loss Calgary? While the internet is a wonderful resource for many things, sometimes fad diets get amplified and lifted above where they should fall in the pantheon of diets due to celebrity exposure. Here are three such diets that you should avoid at all costs. 

Unsound online weight loss programs or fad diets are nothing new. Every year it seems one of them comes along, capturing the imagination of the internet and skyrocketing into popularity. Usually due to the endorsement of a celebrity or famous athlete. But there's a reason these diets flame out and lose followers. They don't work for most people. Here are three such ones that are currently popular which you should avoid at all costs. 

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3 Fad Diets You Need to Avoid at All Costs

Dieting is tough. And it's made even tougher by all of the fad ones which feature celebrity endorsements, promising you a figure like Kendall Jenner if you only pay for this detox treatment or that smoothie recipe. With that in mind, here are the top three fad diets that you'll want to avoid at all costs. 

1. The Baby Food Diet

As unappetizing as it sounds, the baby food diet consists of eating baby food for your first two meals of the day then switching back to adult food for dinner. Putting aside the mushy mixtures you must eat and how unappealing that seems, the baby food diet is risky for your health because it can result in your body receiving an extreme shortage of protein and healthy fats. Since baby food containers usually only contain about 30-100 calories a piece, you're most likely to be well below your daily recommended caloric intake too. Avoid this gross diet like the plague. 

2. The Carnivore Diet

The perfect example of something being too good to be true (at least for us meat lovers), the carnivore diet sounds pretty tempting at first. With plenty of meat along with eggs and cheese included in the guidelines for this fad diet, proponents say it helps with losing weight, lowering inflammation, and reducing digestive problems. It's also supposed to help you think more clearly. Where the carnivore diet starts to falter though is in the extremely high levels of saturated fat it contains, which could lead to significantly elevated cholesterol levels in those who follow it. There's also the whole eschewing fruits and vegetables aspect of the diet, foods which have been proven to be healthy and good for us. 

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3. The Whole30 Diet

At first the Whole30 diet seems as though it would be a good diet. There are lots of fruits and vegetables included and packaged foods are prohibited. But those aren't the only foods on the no-no list, which is where this extremely restrictive diet starts to unravel. Believers of this diet say in only 30 days you'll start feeling better, reduce your inflammation, and entirely change your relationship with food by only eating ones that are good for you. Skeptics on the other hand say that 30 days is not enough time to make such a meaningful change in your life, or to receive all the benefits this diet claims to provide. Another sticking point for those who warn against this diet is the restriction of fibre-rich foods, which have actually been shown to lower inflammation. Last but not least, psychologists are also sounding the alarm about this diet because its restrictive nature can be especially harmful for those individuals who have a history of disordered eating. 

While fad diets may promise the world and easy weight loss to those who adhere to them, it's much better to follow a diet that is balanced and provides all the nutrients you need to make the most of your time in the gym and outside it. And when it comes to the three fad diets discussed above, avoid them at all costs. 


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Shayne Jensen

Shayne has been entrenched in Health and Fitness for the better part of life. In his youth, Shayne played Soccer and Tennis. He also played multiple seasons of Hockey, Football, Baseball and competitive Squash. Being raised so close to the Rocky Mountains he developed a passion for Hiking, Mountain Biking and Snowboarding. A fierce competitor to all sports, at the young age of thirteen, Shayne found a new calling, he moved his athleticism from the courts to the gym.

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