Fad diets are diets that are popular for a time, and are often seen as a quick fix for those trying to shed kilos in a matter of weeks. They tend to promise rapid weight loss or health benefits, such as detoxification, without us having to put in too much effort. Low-carb, high-protein, paleolithic, macrobiotic, Mediterranean, ketogenic and more – do they actually work?
The truth is, some of them are nutritionally insufficient or imbalanced and therefore unsustainable in the long run. But the good news is, some of these fad diets do work – some of them don’t involve cutting out food groups entirely, only an adjustment to the ratio of those food groups, thus helping us lose weight without compromising on the nutrients we need.
Here’s the lowdown on several popular fad diets, and our take on whether these diets can be healthy, well-balanced and sustainable.
Note: To choose a diet that’s right for you, do remember to first speak to your doctor about any health conditions you might have, or medications you’re taking.
Text: Joyce Chua & Sean Tan