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Fad Diets

CLINICAL NUTRITION

Created by: Mindy Terry, Ramya Srikanth, and Kim Almiro

This booth provides information about different popular diets. We will talk about what makes a diet “bad” and how to choose a “good” diet.

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Fad Diets

What is a Fad Diet? 

Fad diets promise quick and easy weight loss, however, these diets are often very restrictive and lack essential nutritents and the temporary success is often unsustainable. 

Current Popular Fad Diets: 

  • Ketogenic (keto)
  • Atkins
  • South Beach

Pros vs. Cons

Pros

  • Weight loss
  • Reduce hunger
  • Lower blood glucose
  • Improve lipid labs

Cons

  • Short-term weight loss
  • Hard to stick to
  • Adjusting may be difficult
  • Lack of fiber and other nutritents

A better option…

A balanced diet. What does that look like: 

Fruits: apples, oranges, berries, pears, bananas

 

Vegetables: broccoli, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, red peppers, spinach

Grains: whole grain bread, rice tortillas

 

Protein: meat, fish, beans, eggs

 

Dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese

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