What Are the Dangers of Fad Diets?

Like so many millions of Americans, you struggle with your weight. You may have gone on a series of diets that have left you either the same weight or heavier than you were before you started. When fad diets restrict your calories for short periods without changing your entire relationship to food, they send your body into starvation mode. 

Once you come off the diet, your body strategizes for the next starvation period by storing fat. How do you know whether the latest “diet” craze is a real solution or just another fat-storage-triggering fad? 

At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center, located in Allen, Texas, our expert team knows that one-size-fits-all, calorie-restriction diets are doomed to fail. That’s why we offer medically supervised weight loss programs custom-designed for your unique biology and food preferences. Here are a few tips to help you avoid fad diets and find the right option diet for you.

Fad diets promise too much

One clue that you’re dealing with a fad diet is if it promises fast, easy weight loss. Healthy, sustained weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. 

Losing weight too quickly and without proper nutrition and supervision could cause you to lose muscle mass in addition to fat and water. That type of fast weight loss also increases the chances you’ll trigger your fat-storage mechanism once you start to eat normally again.

Fad diets aren’t balanced

You might easily lose weight if you eliminated multiple food groups by only eating pineapple, celery, or cabbage, for instance. But your body requires a plethora of micronutrients that exist across a wide spectrum of foods.

Beware of diets that completely eliminate one or more of the following:

Vegetables, for instance, are full of nutrients but also have some carbohydrates. If you’re on an extremely low-carb diet, you might deprive yourself of the key vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients your body requires to function at its best.

Fad diets aren’t sustainable

The meaning of the word “diet” simply refers to the types of food you eat. A fad diet creates an eating pattern that you can’t maintain over the long term. 

Instead, work with our team to find a new type of lifelong diet that nourishes your body by providing all the nutrients you need while you gradually lose the excess pounds that compromise your health and self-esteem.

You can get help

Losing weight on your own is tricky. Not only can your desperation lead you to fad diets that could ultimately compromise your health, but you might also start to feel depressed or even blame yourself for not achieving your weight-loss goals. 

At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center, our experts start your weight-loss program with an in-depth review of your medical history, health evaluation, and blood tests. Our health care providers identify any underlying medical conditions or hormonal imbalances that contribute to your weight gain.

Designed for you

Our team then creates a customized weight-loss program that ensures you get all of the vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins and fats you need to build your body tissues and organs. 

We also help you transition away from pro-inflammatory foods — including processed foods and sugars — that prevent you from achieving a healthy weight. At the same time, we consult with you to find the foods that appeal to your tastes and make you feel satisfied, not starved.

Depending on your situation, we may also prescribe medications that boost your metabolism and help you burn fat. That way, you can continue to eat a healthy, whole-foods diet without sending your body into starvation mode.

Exercise is also an integral part of healthy weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Our experts design an exercise plan for you that lets you engage in activities you enjoy while building strength, flexibility, and balance.

Finally, we stay with you throughout your entire weight loss journey. You check in regularly, to be sure that you’re losing weight and to make adjustments as needed. Our goal, like yours, is to not only help you achieve a slimmer figure, but a healthy, strong body for life.

If you’re ready for permanent, healthy weight loss, contact us in Allen, Texas, by calling 469-912-2113 or using our online form.

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