Fad Diets


I hear about quick weight loss programs all the time and sometimes they come with guarantees or you can get your money back. I call these quick-loss programs “fad diets”; quick weight loss through an unhealthy, unbalanced and unsustainable diet. Fad diets are targeted at people who are desperate to lose weight quickly without exercise.

A 2-year study by Stuart Wolpert of the UCLA Researchers Report showed that 83% of people on these quick weight loss programs gained back more weight than they originally lost while dieting. Meaning, if you start at 140 pounds and dropped down to 125 pounds, you not only gain back the 15 pounds you lost but you add weight beyond that. Consequently, instead of losing weight fast and keeping it off, you are destined to gain more weight over the long term.

In my book, “diet” is a four-letter word. I’ve never liked the word “diet”. Rather, I promote a “lifestyle” to my clients, not a diet. Losing weight quickly is not going to be a long term solution to keeping weight off, and it can be very unhealthy. It also has psychological consequences with many folks simply giving up. This is no way to live life. 

The hardest thing for most people is being patient. You didn't put all the weight you are carrying on in one day, one week or even one month. It was a slow process. So it’s stands to reason that losing weight should follow a similar timeline.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, let’s start with a discussion. We will address your diet in practical terms. We also promote the benefits of weight training to help in the process of losing weight and creating a better quality of life.

At GUTS Training Center, we not only work on helping you reach your goals, but we teach you how to do it.