Fad diets are simply meal plans with all the hyped-up promises of instant or very quick weight loss. We have all come across or done one of these diets at some point in our lives, or at the very least been tempted to (who hasn’t heard of the three day diet). The end result for most is either temporary weight loss or just the loss of water weight. Here are the most popular fad diets out there today. But remember, just because they are popular doesn’t mean they work.
The Grapefruit Juice Diet – Grapefruits have always been popular in weight loss diets, because of its enzymes which burn fat and decrease levels of insulin. This diet restricts you to less than 800 calories a day. You start with half a grapefruit, or one glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice for breakfast. For lunch, you have eggs, or meat, with dry toast. You are allowed up to 8oz of beef, chicken or fish, and a salad for dinner, but the staple grapefruit or juice should be present.
The Cabbage Soup Diet – Cabbage is a perfect soup vegetable, and this diet promises to help you lose up to 10 lbs in just one week. It is said that hospitals put patients on the cabbage soup diet when they have to lose weight rapidly. On its own, it’s not very appealing, which is why the diet plan allows you to add pieces of other vegetables such as tomatoes and some shredded meat, to make it more palatable. It doesn’t add to calories, so you can have as much as you want.
The Three Day Diet – This is a diet that promises to help you lose nine points in three days, and is also known as the three day chemical breakdown diet. There are very specific food items to eat for all three meals of the day and is not too hard to do. Personally I have done this diet myself and found that although I did lose the amount of weight indicated, I believe that it was just water weight and nothing else.
The Mono Food Diet – The Mono in this diet means you only get to prepare one kind of food for each meal everyday. It guarantees a weight loss of approximately one pound every day as long as you eat one type of food for every meal. For example, if you stock up on protein for breakfast by having cheese and eggs or milk, your lunch should be carbs-rich, so you could have pasta or potatoes. Then, dinner should focus on vegetables or fruits. Another example is, if you had carbs for breakfast by eating cereals, have protein for lunch by eating steak, and have a simply dinner of bananas and an apple.
The Caveman Diet – As the name implies, this diet plan suggests going back to primitive food choices and eating habits, back to before fire was discovered. Basically, it teaches people to eat only what is found in their most natural state (basically no processed). You are not to eat foods like grain, bread, noodles, pasta, and any form of peas and beans. Also, in this diet, potatoes and dairy products, and even simple flavorings like sugar and salt are prohibited. However, you are allowed to eat good proportions of fish, chicken and meat, eggs, fruits, berries, vegetables, and nuts. It is believed that cooking vegetables makes them lose their fat-burning enzymes.
The Raw Food Diet – Experts believe that nutrients are lost when food is cooked or processed, and sometimes cooking adds more calories to raw food. It isn’t exactly considered a fad diet, since there is no promise of a drop in weight over a short period of time, but it’s one of those that promise instant health, and yes, eventual weight reduction. Fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts are common choices for this diet since it is basically vegan.