Why You Will Never Win with Fad Diets

Are you looking for a quick-fix? Something that will promise outstanding results with little to no effort? Do you like wasting your time and money? If so, then fad diets are for you!


Look, here’s a simple truth: We all know what healthy eating looks like. If I showed you a hamburger and a chicken breast and told you to pick the healthier of the two, I don’t think you’d have a problem picking the correct choice. So why there this haze around what healthy eating looks like? The one that causes so many people to revert to quick-fix fad diets?


You can argue with me all you want about these diets that promise quick weight loss. Do they work in the short-term? Sure! They absolutely work, and I won’t argue against that. But the big issue with many of these fad diets is that they’re not sustainable, meaning that it’s nearly impossible to stay on these long-term. And by the way, if you’re a proponent of “slimming teas” and “weight loss wraps/belts,” I’m even further against these wastes of money, but we’ll save that one for another day.


Let’s define what a fad diet is. It promises amazing results, often with little effort, and usually involves some massive restriction on certain food groups. Why would you restrict whole nutritional groups that your body relies on for nourishment and optimal performance? Because some clown in a Facebook group promised that it works? Get out of here with that shit! Half of these fad diet promoters are just riding the bandwagon trying to seem cool and trendy, while the other half will believe anything anyone tells them.


So let’s imagine you do drink the Kool-Aid and ride the wave on one of these fad diets. What’s likely to happen? Well, you’ll start off strong, using that early motivation to strictly adhere to the fad diet rules. This will almost always involve some type of excessive caloric restriction, making it almost inevitable that you’ll lose weight from the start. Five pounds in a week, what a great start, right?


That rate of weight loss will gradually decrease in the following weeks as your resting metabolism readjusts to the severe decrease in calorie intake. Your performance will be the next to decrease. By the way, how many elite athletes do you know that attribute their supreme performance to some bullshit fad diet? You’ll probably start to develop cravings for the things you’ve been neglecting your body of. These tend to get worse before they get better.


Eventually you end of falling off the train. You fall hard, while it’s going 100mph. In the wake, you decimate any and every food in your path. It’s so delicious right? You go back to your old habits of eating whatever you want. The weight gain comes back quick, and it’s devastating to see the numbers on the scale make a reappearance. Hello old friend. You go on living the way you used to, eventually jumping on the next train when another fad diet pulls into the station. The cycle repeats in a never-ending fashion.


But it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to live your life from short-term fix to short-term fix. That’s a shitty and miserable life to live. Remember when I talked about healthy eating? Knowing what’s healthy from what’s not? That is the key. Eat real fucking food. Food that comes from the earth. Eat a variety of these foods, along with lean meats and fish. Drink water. Your pee should be clear to light yellow. If you’re going to avoid anything, make damn sure that it’s sugar. Is all of this sexy? No. Will you lose 5 pounds in a week? Probably not. But you know what? It works, and it works it in the long-term. It’s sustainable as fuck. Stop overcomplicating shit and start taking the common-sense approach. You already know the answer of healthy vs. unhealthy.


Jon Griffith specializes in optimizing performance for firefighters & police. Jon is a personal trainer, firefighter, and former U.S. Army infantryman. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and 3 cats.

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