It’s been famously said that a lie can travel halfway around the world while truth is still putting its shoes on. The same can be said about fad diets. In my years of studying nutrition, I have seen many diets recycled and repackaged as something new. Apparently, great nutrition is only available to those who read the latest nutrition blogs from self-described gurus.
Fad diets are:
- based on some science (emphasis on some)
Fad diets promise to provide some dramatic results and they usually seem to provide an answer to a deep, complex issue like weight loss, for example. Obesity is a disease with a multifactorial causation, meaning there is not just one cause and not one answer. Fad diets will promote the superiority of one diet or nutrient over the other, or they may put an undue emphasis on one particular issue. We call it, “majoring in the minors.” What you will find with fad diets is a high amount of anecdotal evidence. People are drawn to their personal stories of triumph and healing by following a particular set of rules. Anecdotal evidence shouts, “hey, this worked wonders for me! Just be willing to invest a lot of time, energy and money and you can achieve the same results too!” Anecdotal stories are powerful. Did I mention that? People affected by obesity are vulnerable to this sort of tactic because they are desperate for help and answers. The BIG problem with anecdotal evidence is that what works for one person may not work for another person. A sturdier approach involves listening, assessing and then applying specific strategies and approaches that are unique to that individual. One tool that can help is the Nutrigenomix test. This allows the dietitian to review specific nutrition, exercise and behavior modification strategies based on an individual’s genotype. In this way, the recommendations are relevant and meaningful which results in better outcomes.
Are you tired of jumping from one fad diet to another? Ready for a personalized approach? Try working with one of our weight loss coaches. They will help you to determine the program or services that are right for you.