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8 Obvious Signs of a Fad Diet

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You know the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is!

While making small changes in one’s diet and activity levels can bring increased energy and lasting weight loss—fad or crash diets that promise unrealistic weight loss by restricting food, fat, or calories can be dangerous and short-lived. Here are eight obvious signs that you’re in fad diet territory…

1. Celebrity Endorsements

I’m having flashbacks of the Baby Food Diet endorsed by Reese Witherspoon or the Master Cleanse concoction of maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper that Beyoncé touted. These diets had “FAD” written all over them. Not only do most star-endorsed diets dangerously restrict calories, the weight you shed rather quickly is mostly just water, which means once you resume eating like a normal human being, you’ll gain it back just as quickly.

 

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