Fad diets in 2019
THE State Government's Department of Health recently released a press release discussing fad diets and their prominence in the first few months of a new year.
It was actually quite humorous as I looked at some of the more ridiculous fad diets people have followed.
I personally have never been on a "diet”, let alone a fad diet. But, I understand why someone might feel pressured to give it a go.
The Department of Health defined a fad diet as:
"Diets that make claims of weight loss or positive health effects without solid scientific evidence.”
It honestly makes me giggle thinking anyone would believe in these:
"The Avoid Swamps Diet - courtesy of writer Thomas Short in 1727, who decided that overweight people tended to live near swamps.
"Or the Cotton Ball Diet, where you wash down some cotton balls to make you feel full - doubly dangerous because of potentially harmful chemicals in cotton balls, and the possibility of intestinal blockages.”
This year it seems liquid diets and weight loss teas are quite popular.
The big red flag (for me at least) with these kinds of fad diets is the focus on weight loss instead of overall health and well-being.
There is so much more to health than a number on the scales (or your clothing size).
Fad diets are not sustainable, and can create an unhealthy obsession over numbers that cannot accurately reflect your health.
This year I don't particularly care for losing weight. I want to be healthy and look after my body. I am doing this by seeking professional medical help and by listening to my body.
If you are worried about your weight and health it is always a good idea to have a chat to your GP. They will then be able to explain what your options are.