Which Diet Fad Should I Follow? | Stephen Coleclough
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Which Diet Fad Should I Follow?

Which Diet Fad Should I Follow?

It seems every health and fitness article we stumble upon online or in a magazine, there has to be a reference to the latest fad diet that people swear by and how it’s the best one to getting that dream body.

Just how effective are fad diets?

More importantly, is there any particular one that’s right for you?

The Lowdown on Fad Diets

From Paleo to Atkinson and everything in between – fad diets have been around for nearly as long as the fitness revolution.

However, realistically speaking, fad diets are a ‘quick fix’.

You’ll notice how morbidly obese or people who have been struggling with weight problems for many years are typically the ones to cave in and follow the latest ‘fashionable’ diet trends.

We need to think outside of the box for a moment – is there even a need to follow a fad diet?

Why are people so quick follow fad diets when all they might need is a few adjustments in their way of living, eating habits and the right amount of exercise?

Perhaps the most glaring reason so as to why fad diets have become the norm is the way we’ve been consuming our food over the last three decades or so.

Most food groups are heavily processed today and don’t have that natural wholesome taste to it.

The world is, after all running out of resources at an alarming pace, so food suppliers often have to improvise.

But is that reason enough to abandon all common sensibilities that revolve around good eating and living habits and blindly follow a fad diet?

Here’s a fun fact: our bodies get used to the way we eat, and pretty fast at that.

Feed it heavily processed food and chances are you’re not going to feel the same euphoric satisfaction after having a bowl of salad that you typically experience after having a cheese burger and fries.

Fun fact number two: if you’re the type who likes to execute all daily chores from your smartphone and the only physical activity you’re getting is walking to your car after work, then you have a problem on your hands.

You will most likely go out of shape at some point, and there’s also a very high likelihood that you’re going to go into panic mode and look for a quick fix: the latest fad diet.

The Right Fad Diet for You

Are we against fad diets altogether?

Not quite – they do work and may help you achieve the body composition changes you seek.

However, it’s important not to neglect the fact that since the dawn of mankind, the basic formula for losing weight has remained the same: calories in versus calories out.

Man was engineered to roam the earth and hunt for food not sit behind a workstation Googling the latest fad diets half the day.

By all means, try out a fad diet to see how your body reacts, although without a healthy lifestyle, good eating habits in general and adequate physical activity outside of the gym, you probably won’t be seeing desirable long term results.


Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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