3 Keys to Avoiding Dangerous Fad Diets

by Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS on July 1, 2009 · 1 comment

By Jayson Hunter, RD, CSCS


“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”


 – Jack Kerouac


Are you fed up with dangerous fad diets? I sure am, and with my experience as a Registered Dietitian, I know firsthand how susceptible you can be to the false claims that fad diets make.


I am here to teach you how to instantly recognize the 3 keys to a dangerous fad diet.


It should be a criminal offense in regards to what some of the fad diets do to your metabolism. Yes, they help you lose weight fast, initially. But they can absolutely destroy a person’s metabolism and cause them to gain much more weight back.


Not the way a healthy weight loss diet is designed.


I believe in a much more sensible approach to help you lose weight fast. You just don’t need a dangerous fad diet. You can achieve rapid fat loss in a very safe and healthy manner when the correct approach is taken.


The following are my top three keys for instantly recognizing a dangerous fad diet:


One Ingredient Diets


Any diet that preaches eating only one ingredient – such as ice cream or grapefruit – for an extended period of time can be classified immediately as a dangerous fad diet.


There are dozens of these types of diets on the market.


Another problem with a fad diet is they are generally low on overall calories and deficient of important nutrients needed for weight loss. What many fad diets do is focus on 1 nutrient as the potential key to weight loss and in reality all they are doing is severely restricting your calories to induce weight loss.


Once you have met your weight loss goal and are no longer following the fad diet where do you go from there? Most people revert back to their old ways of eating and the weight comes right back on. Many times the weight gain is much worse than where you started.




Avoid any “lose weight fast” program that suggests you “fast” for an extended period of time. Very simply, not eating will wreak havoc on your metabolism.


If you are looking to lose weight fast, then not eating is potentially the worst thing you can do.


Fasting causes your body to increase a hormone called lipoprotein lipase . Many call this a “starvation” hormone because when this hormone is elevated your body will adjust how it uses the calories you eat. Your body will start to store more of the calories you eat as fat calories when this hormone is elevated. It does this to protect itself and to make sure it has enough calories in reserve when it needs them.


Fad diets that encourage you to fast or severely restrict calories will generally cause an increase in this “starvation” hormone.


Miraculous Claims


Use your common sense when investigating a fad diet. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Please don’t fall for the amazing claims of miraculous weight loss.


Weight loss isn’t hard, but it does take some effort and work. I recommend enlisting the advice of a qualified nutritionist or health professional when attempting to lose weight fast.


About the Author: Jayson Hunter RD, CSCS is a registered dietician, weight management expert and personal trainer.  His nutritional programs have helped hundreds of clients successfully lose weight and create permanent lifestyle changes.  To discover the 5 absolute truths Every Serial Dieter Who Seeks Rapid-Weight loss MUST come to grips with visit The Carb Rotation Diet. 


[Editor’s Comments:  I’m sure you’ve heard about many of the fad diets that are out there. Some recent examples include:


 – The Chocolate Diet

 – The Lemonade Diet

 – The Chicken Soup Diet

 – The Grapefruit Diet

 – The Hollywood Diet

 – The Cabbage Diet


And the list goes on and on…


The bottom line is this…you should NEVER under ANY circumstances try any of these single ingredient fad diets. Period!


Sure, they might work in the short-term…but so do bulimia and anorexia.


You know the dangers of these eating disorders, and following a fad diet for an extended period of time can be just as dangerous.


If you really want to lose weight safely, give Jayson’s Carb Rotation Diet a try. Just click the link below to learn more:


Click Here =>> The Carb Rotation Diet


Have you ever tried a fad diet? If so, leave a Comment and let us know which one and how it turned out for you!]


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1 Mel July 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

I personally don’t follow any diet plan. I stay away from processed foods and just try to eat whole foods. I do find it hard when it’s that time of the month for me because my body craves all the bad stuff.

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