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Title: Fad Diets

  • Fad Diets

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Division of
Proliferation of fad diets
  • There are many different types of diets available
  • Fat diets are available in book form, magazines,
    on-line, and on TV.
  • Each one promises better cures than the next with
    huge weight losses in short time.

How to recognize a fad diet
  1. Promise quick weight loss.
  2. Limit food selections and dictate specific
  3. Use testimonials from famous people

How to recognize a fad diet
  • 4. They bill themselves as cure-alls.
  • 5. They often recommend expensive supplements.
  • 6. No attempts are made to change eating habits

How to recognize a fad diet
  • 7. Use scientific jargon and terms.
  • 8. They are generally critical and skeptical
    about the scientific

Types of Fad Diets
  • Macronutrient Restrictions
  • Low or Restricted-Carbohydrate Approaches
  • Low-Fat Approaches
  • Novelty Diets

Types of Fad DietsLow or Restricted
Carbohydrate Approaches
  • Most common form of fad diet
  • The brain requires glucose for normal
  • Glucose is made from tissue proteins.
  • This leads to protein tissue loss.

How it works
Types of Fad DietsLow or Restricted
Carbohydrate Approaches
  • Dieter loses weight very rapidly with the loss of
    carbohydrates and fluids.
  • Work in the short run because of limited food
  • Reduced eating due to limited selection.
  • On normal diet fluids are restored and the weight
    is regained.

Why you lose weight on it
Problems With Low or Restricted Carbohydrate
  • The plan lacks fruits, vegetables, and whole
  • Not intended for long-term use.
  • The plan includes excessive intake of animal
  • Individuals experience reduced exercise capacity
    due to limited carbohydrate intake.

Problems With Low or Restricted Carbohydrate
  • Can result in metabolic dehydration.
  • Due to use of bodys own stores of carbohydrates
    and protein.
  • Results in initial weight loss.
  • This is extremely stressful and forces the brain
    to alter its metabolism.

Metabolic consequences
Problems With Low or Restricted Carbohydrate
  • Can lead to such serious health problems such as
    kidney stress, liver disorders, and gout.
  • These diets also increase the risk for
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Several types of cancer

Recent Finds
  • Typical Atkins Diet can contain up to 59 fat and
    provides significantly fewer servings of grains,
    vegetables, and fruit than recommended by the
    U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
  • Very low-carbohydrate diet increases the risk for
    kidney stone formation and the potential for
    bone loss contributing to osteoporosis.

Recent FindsFrom the American Heart Association
  • According to the AHA, restricting carbohydrate
    levels can increase the risk of heart disease,
    high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, and certain
    kinds of cancer.

Recent FindsFrom the American Heart Association
  • Most of these plans greatly exceed the AHAs
    dietary guidelines of 15-20 protein and only 10
    saturated fats daily.
  • 68 of the calories in the overall diet come from
    fat with 26 coming from saturated fat on the
    Atkins' Diet

Recent FindsFrom The American Kidney Fund
  • High-protein diets can cause scarring in the
  • Dehydration forces the kidneys to work harder to
    clean toxins from the blood.

Recent FindsFrom the American Institute for
Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund
  • Diets high in saturated fat increase the risk of
    prostate, breast , and colon cancer.
  • High-protein diets are low in protective dietary
    fiber, which lowers the risk of lung, oral,
    esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer.

Examples of Low or Restricted Carbohydrate
  • Dr. Atkins
  • Sugar Busters
  • Carbohydrate Addicts Diet
  • The Five-Day Miracle Diet
  • Protein Power
  • Enter the Zone
  • Endocrine Control Diet
  • Healthy For Life
  • The Doctors Quick Weight Loss Diet
  • Woman Doctors Diet for Women
  • Miracle Diet for Fast Weight loss
  • Calories Dont Count
  • Four Day Wonder Diet
  • The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet

Types of Fad DietsLow Fat
  • Less than 20 of energy comes from fat, usually
    only 5-10.
  • There is limited (or elimination of) animal
    protein sources also all
    fats, nuts, and seeds.
  • Dieters eat primarily grains, fruit, and
    vegetables, which most people
    cannot do for a very long time.
  • Eventually, the individual wants some foods
    higher in fat or

ProblemsWith Low Fat Diet Plans
  • Little satiety
  • Flatulence
  • Possibly poor mineral absorption from excess
    dietary fiber
  • Limited food choices sometimes leading to
  • The diet is much lower in fat than a typical
    American diet.

Examples of Low Fat Diet Plans
  • The Rice Diet Report
  • The Pritikin Diet
  • Eat More, Weigh Less
  • The 35 Diet
  • 20/30 Fat and Fiber
  • Fat to Muscle Diet
  • T-Factor Diet
  • Fit or Fat
  • Two Day Diet
  • Complete Hip and Thigh Diet
  • The Maximum Metabolism Diet
  • The Pasta Diet
  • G-Index Diet
  • Lean Bodies
  • Outsmarting the Female Fat Cell
  • The Macrobiotic Diet (some versions)

Types of Fad DietsNovelty Diets
  • Some novelty diets emphasize one food or food
    group and exclude almost all others.
  • The Rice Diet was originally designed in the
    1940s to lower blood pressure.
  • Another novelty diet is the Egg Diet, on which
    you eat all
    the eggs you want.

Novelty Diets Rice and Egg
  • The rationale behind these diets is that you can
    only eat eggs, fruit, or rice for just so long
    before becoming bored, in theory, reducing your
    energy intake.
  • However, it is more likely that you will abandon
    the diet entirely before losing much weight.

Novelty DietsInformation
  • Some bizarre novelty diets claim that some food
    combinations putrefies ( ex. meat eaten with
    potatoes) in the intestines and creates toxins,
    which invade the blood and cause disease, and
    overweight and obesity.
  • Examples of this type of novelty diet include
    Fit for Life, the Beverly Hills Diet, and Eat
    Great, Lose Weight

Novelty DietsInformation
  • The gimmicks proposed in the different books
    appear controversial but are really designed to
    sell books.
  • And most importantly, there is
  • No Research or Scientific Evidence backing up
    these claims.

ProblemsWith Novelty Diets
  • They promote certain nutrients, foods, or
    combinations of foods as having unique, magical,
    or previously undiscovered qualities
  • They can lead to malnutrition
  • No change in everyday eating habits leading to
  • Unrealistic food choices leading to possible

Examples ofNovelty Diets
  • Dr. Abravenels Body Type and Lifetime
  • Fit for Life
  • Dr. Bergers Immune Power Diet
  • The Hilton Head Metabolism Diet
  • The Beverly Hills Diet
  • Dr. Debetz Champagne Diet
  • Sun Sign Diet
  • Eat to Win
  • Cabbage-Soup Diet
  • Eat Great, Lose Weight
  • The Ultrafit Diet
  • Two Day Diet
  • Paris Diet
  • Eat Right 4 Your Type
  • 3 Season Diet
  • Metabolize

  • Fad diets fall under the category of quackery,
    people taking advantage of others.
  • Usually costs a considerable amount of money
  • Often times, those offering the product or
    service were victims themselves.

Quackery Tips
  • Healthy weight loss approaches that work will be
    reported in the major journals, such as the
  • Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the
  • Journal of the American Medical Association, or
  • The New England Journal of Medicine.
  • The rule of thumb on seeing a new diet aid on the
    market is that If it sounds too good to be true,
    it usually is.

Other Diets
Moderate Calorie Restriction General Overview
  • Usually 1000-1800 kcal per day, with a moderate
    fat intake
  • Reasonable balance of macronutrients
  • Encourages exercise
  • May use behavioral approach
  • Acceptable if vitamin and mineral supplement is
    used and permission of family physician is granted

ExamplesModerate Calorie Restriction
  • The Setpoint Diet
  • Slim Chance in a Fat World
  • Weight Watchers Diet
  • Mary Ellens Help Yourself Diet Plan
  • The Beyond Diet
  • Staying Thin
  • The Calloway Diet
  • Living Without Dieting
  • Volumetrics
  • Lose the Last 10 pounds
  • Dieting with the Duchess
  • Dieting for Dummies
  • The Wedding Dress Diet
  • Dr. Shapiros Picture Perfect Diet

Very Low Calorie DietsGeneral Overview
  • Less than 800 kcal per day
  • Also known as protein-sparing modified fasts
  • Must be under close physician scrutiny

Very Low Calorie DietsGeneral Overview
  • Used for fast weight loss under doctors
    supervision to get ready for surgery, for

Very Low Calorie DietsProblems
  • Organ tissue losses- especially from the heart
  • Low blood potassium could lead to heart failure
  • Expensive to follow
  • Potential for kidney stones with rapid weight
  • Potential for Gout

ExamplesOf Very Low Calorie Diets
  • Ultrafast
  • Thin So Fast
  • Optifast
  • Cambridge Diet
  • HMR

Formula DietsGeneral Overview
  • Can help people who cannot regulate portion sizes
  • Based on formulated or packaged products

ProblemsWith Formula Diets
  • No change in habits are observed.
  • Possibly leading to increased chance of relapse
  • Expensive
  • Often leading to constipation

Pre-measured DietsGeneral Information
  • Most food supplied in pre-measured servings takes
    much of the decision making out of the process of
  • Expensive
  • May not allow for easy sound eating later

Examples Of Pre-measured Diet
  • Jenny Craig
  • NutriSystem
  • Health Management Resources

  • http//www.essentialnutrition.org/lowcarb.php
  • Wardlaw G, Kessel M. Perspectives in Nutrition.
    5th ed. 2002
  • http//www.jennycraig.com
  • http//www.google.com

Pennington Biomedical Research CenterDivision of
  • Heli Roy, PhD, RD
  • Outreach Coordinator, Division of Education
  • Phillip Brantley, PhD,
  • Director, Division of Education
  • Claude Bouchard, PhD
  • Director, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Beth Kalicki

Edited October 2009
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