FAD DIETS DO NOT WORK! 🥗 🍔
There are no shortcuts when it comes to weight loss. Lemonade diets, weight loss pills, etc. do not focus on health. It is a cheap way of marketing unhealthy lifestyles to innocent people who wish to start their fitness journeys. These fad diets might work temporarily, but they are not long-term lifestyle changes. Weight loss is not overnight, and it is important to strive for overall healthy lifestyle changes rather than fad fixes. It is also important to note that being skinny does not equate to health.
I also think it can be harmful when influencers encourage unhealthy ways to get "skinner" or to get "bikini bodies" in a short period of time. This is simply rooted in “diet culture,” which promotes unhealthy behaviors. Most of the time, these celebs and influencers have access to nutritionists, trainers, chefs and other resources or they have not tried the fad diet that they are promoting to their target market.
A year before I was serious about my fitness journey, I did fad diets (lemonade diet, bought weight loss pills, but I never had any thank goodness). However, the fad diet did not work because it was a simple quick fix that was not meant to be sustainable. My whole idea of living a healthy lifestyle was yo-yo dieting. I did not work on all aspects of my holistic health (mental, emotional, physical, etc.) As a result, I did not understand that these were temporary solutions. After I was more serious about my fitness journey, I understood that fitness and nutrition are a lifestyle.
To live a healthy lifestyle, you should not have to cut out certain food groups. It is best to increase your non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) activities. NEAT activities can include cleaning or just simply moving your body around. Daily workouts can also be beneficial. It is also important to note that nutrition is vital. Stay hydrated, eat your veggies, eat some fruit, have some lean meat, but don’t make weight loss/fitness journeys complicated by cutting out certain food.
Disclaimer ⚠️: this is my personal experience and should not be substituted for medical advice!