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Top 10 Ways to Spot a Fad Diet

N. Jay Sorensen, MBA RD
Last Updated: January 12, 2015

10. You only hear about this diet via an info commercial.  (Even if it’s endorsed by a medical professional.  They have to make a living too.)

9. Its success hinges on spending money for special foods, pills, equipment, or directions.

8. It promises to literally “melt away fat” while you sleep.

7. The before and after pictures of people on the diet look suspiciously like two different people, or the same people sucking in their stomach.

6. It promises that you will lose weight without making any changes to your eating or exercise habits due to some magical product it endorses.

5. It promotes drastic changes in your eating habits without any mention of exercise habits.

4. It promotes drastic changes in your exercise habits without any mention of your eating habits.

3. It promises weight loss of more than 3 pounds per week.

2. It makes reference to “late breaking research,” but doesn’t tell you where you can find the information to investigate it yourself.  (Always   investigate.  Many health claims are half truths, others are plain lies.)

1. If it sounds too good to be true, it is!!