The Inevitable Failure of Fad Diets

Atkins.  South Beach.  The Zone.  The Grapefruit Diet.  Gluten free (as a fad, not when medically necessary for Celiac Disease).  Lectin free.  Paleo.  Keto.  Low fat.  Low carb.  Cleanses of various kinds.  Fasting.  Whole30.  Blood Type Diet.  MLM programs like Optavia.  Weight loss gambling like Healthy Wager.

All of these diets are destined for one end:  failure.

Why?  Because fads never work in the long term.

Sustainable, healthy eating is not a one size fits all matter.  Every individual is unique, not only in their metabolic needs (some of which are based on age, anthropometrics, and gender), but also certain medical conditions can require the presence or absence of specific foods.  Adding to this are the physical and psychosocial aspects of diet such as lifestyle, activity level, body image, societal pressures, and our interpersonal relationships, all of which impact how, when, where, what, and why we eat. 

A realistic dietary plan for one person would be inappropriate or unattainable for another.  Trying to figure this out on one’s own can be an arduous and insurmountable task.  As the saying goes, if I had a dollar (inflation!) for every patient who said to me “I’ve tried everything…”, I would be rich.

Just like a personal trainer can help you achieve your fitness goals by providing the professional instruction, support and accountability you need to succeed, as a Registered Dietitian, I can help you achieve your health and wellness goals with a sustainable, healthy eating plan.  I will provide the expertise, structure, support, encouragement, and accountability to get you from where you are today to where you want to be, in a way that can be sustained for a lifetime.