As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I am often posed the question, “Which Diet is the Best
Diet?” This question usually comes with an agenda for weight loss. Because hundreds of fad diets have made their way into American culture, and some never die (Hello, Keto, former Atkins Diet), it has become increasingly difficult for consumers to distinguish fact from fiction.
So, how do we spot a fad diet? Here are a few red flags to look out for when choosing a diet.
It’s inflexible. Fad diets use inflexible approaches to drastically change your current diet and/or eating habits. Some diets insist that you cannot eat after a certain time of day which may not be feasible for someone who works, let’s say, third shift. Other diets require you to eat certain food groups at certain times, but there is...