Ten Facts That Will Make You Reconsider Trying Diet Trends

Want to detox? Have lots of energy? Lose weight? This isn’t how to do it.


As the child of a fad dieter, my relationship with food was skewed at a young age. Honestly, I think my mom’s obsession with diet trends had the opposite effect for me than it would for most impressionable teens. Rather than jumping on trends myself, I became disenchanted with the idea of dieting. I mean, honestly, it was a never ending cycle. The media, Oprah, or Dr. Oz would come out with a new “health fact” and suddenly we were throwing out everything in the house.

I know I’m not the only person who grew up with fad diets, but unfortunately, I knew many other teenagers that resulted to starving themselves, even cutting water out to lose the weight. Even models take dramatic measures to achieve their seemingly-flawless look. If you’re trying to assess what diet trends are effective and which aren’t, consider this:

1. Energy Drinks

You could jump-start your New Year’s resolution if you just had the energy right? Wrong. The best source of energy also comes from a balanced, healthy diet with complex carbs, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Energy drinks actually contain an overdose of niacin and other vitamins which can cause serious heart problems, beginning with the first dose.

Ten Facts That Will Make You Reconsider Trying Diet Trends

2. Cleanses

Any time you cut out major food groups and remove variety from your diet, you are actually telling your body that you are starving. Initially, this does speed up metabolism, but as soon as you start eating again, your metabolism will grind to a halt. Not to mention, most of the weight lost with cleanses comes from water leaving your body.

3. Cutting Water

Models and MMA fighters have both been guilty of cutting water to lose weight. Your kidneys and liver filter toxins out of your body, and they need water to function properly. People who use detox water to lose weight should do this on the long term, not just as a fad. Detox water recipes should be incorporated in one’s daily routines & regular diet for positive long-term results.

4. Starvation

As mentioned earlier, starving yourself initially helps you drop weight, but it is terribly unhealthy. As much as I wanted to be thin as a teenager, I always loved food too much to stick to this one. However, there’s a reason your body resists! Short-term starvation can wreak havoc on your metabolism and actually slow it down. Long-term starvation can lead to malnutrition, digestive disorders, illness, and death. Yikes!

5. The Biggest Loser!

If you’ve somehow missed this one, The Biggest Loser diet involves giving up your career and family for around the clock exercise and diet. This, of course, became popular when the TV show of the same name was launched. Before our very eyes, people who began their weight loss journey as morbidly obese dropped weight rapidly, up to twenty pounds a week.

While this seems inspiring, we now know that contestants were drugged and came back with eating disorders. Not to mention, people who have more weight to lose, lose weight faster than those who are carrying an extra 20-40 pounds. Ultimately, people who pursue this extreme diet will regain the majority of the weight they lost, if not more than when they started. It could even damage metabolism permanently.

6. Super Foods

What’s so super about super foods? Honestly, I’m not sure. A new one is released every week. Don’t order expensive sketchy berries online. Just grow a garden or visit a farmer’s market.

Ten Facts That Will Make You Reconsider Trying Diet Trends

7. Protein Shakes

Some people, such as underweight children and cancer patients, need extra nutrients in their diet. Protein shakes were designed for people who need to gain weight. Most of them contain sugar and synthetic vitamins (the kind your body has a hard time processing). If you’re looking for extra protein, try tempeh and legumes.

8. (Unfermented) Soy

Soy has long been a favorite protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Unfortunately, when eated daily, it has been found to cause serious health issues not excluding thyroid, cognitive, and fertility issues. Too much unfermented soy can cause an imbalance in hormones which can also lead to breast cancer in women. BUTTTT… tempeh is fermented soy. During the fermentation process, all the bad aspects of soy go away, and you’re left with a clean, healthy protein. So next time, opt for tempeh and go easy on the soy.

9. Vitamins

While supplementation is often necessary, the best source of vitamins and minerals comes from a varied, healthy diet. Due to the way our body breaks down food, and the fact that many vitamins sold are synthetic, we may only receive 20% of the nutrients in supplements. Not to mention, in the USA supplements are scarily unregulated.

10. Diet Pills!

Pills? Even if a doctor prescribes them, the most common diet pills are an amphetamine, which is basically legal meth. Yeah. Really.

11. Gluten (ok, so this one might actually be worth checking out)

First we were told that wheat bread was good for us. Now there is a war on gluten, a compound in wheat. What’s up with that?

Humans have been eating wheat since we laid down our spears to cultivate crops. It hasn’t suddenly become the devil’s crop. Well, actually, it sort-of has. Nowadays it’s mostly GMO and super heavily pesticided, which may be the true cause of people’s sensitivities. So, like with anything else, avoid overdosing on bread and pasta (unless it’s bean or vegetable pasta), and always avoid GMO produce. If you’re curious if you’re truly gluten sensitive, cut it out of your diet for two months, then reintroduce it and see how you feel. Some people notice that they their brain fog lifts, and they have more energy. Sounds like it’s worth the experiment!

Bottom Line:

You might have noticed a recurring theme here: eat a balanced, varied diet. Diet trends will not help you sustain healthy weight loss, and they could make you very sick. A diet should, first and foremost, promote a HEALTHY lifestyle, and health can come in all shapes and sizes!

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Ethel Huizar is a University of Colorado graduate and a Contributing Editor at Home Remedy Book. Having achieved a Master's degree in Public Health, she became motivated by the desire to help people lead healthy and well-balanced lives. Ethel aims to educate her readers on the number of ways that nature and science can help them accomplish this.

Reader Discussion: 77 Comments

  1. Avatar of Judith White

    Judith White

    Only rich people are glutten-intolerant.? I have this rich acquaintance that yaps about glutten-intolerant yet eats bread. I wanted to slap her so bad because of that because I think she’s oblivious about how glutten is in a lot of things that she eats. I think the only glutten that she recognizes is mochi (the japanese dessert). What an idiotic woman to claim that she’s glutten-intolerant when there are other people who are really allergic to this ingredient. I don’t know what kind of trend this is, but people need to stop.

  2. Avatar of Regina Curry

    Regina Curry

    I heard that even diet coffee / teas / pills do have meth in it. If you want to lose weight please don’t result to this.

  3. Avatar of Alice Wood

    Alice Wood

    I no longer drink multivitamins because I don’t think I need it. But I do drink vitamin C 3x a week just to make sure that I get my vitamin C. I don’t exactly eat fruits every day so I need my supplements.

    • Avatar of Nancy Garrett

      Nancy Garrett

      Well, just like what the article said, you’re better off getting these vitamins in whole foods.

  4. Avatar of Alicia Kim

    Alicia Kim

    Super foods? I’ve heard of those and they’re selling fruits of some sort that I’ve never heard of! Like blue strawberries or something. It’s scary.

  5. Avatar of Blanche Rivera

    Blanche Rivera

    I’ve seen the biggest loser series and they’re seriously torturing the contestants who only wanted to lose weight. What’s also unfair about this contest is that how our bodies react to certain activities will differ. Others will have quicker responses in losing weight, others will have a slower response. So, judging these contestants about how much kilograms they’ve lost is unfair.

    • Avatar of McNulty


      I know! It’s not accurate.

  6. Avatar of Flora Kennedy

    Flora Kennedy

    I’m so baffled about the cleansing thing. It doesn’t work, okay??

  7. Avatar of Pat Gomez

    Pat Gomez

    People have had enough of these diets. STOP INVENTING THEM!!!!!!!!

  8. Avatar of Alison Tejedor

    I used to be obsessed with diets too. But all my attempts were useless so I just stopped wasting my time with all these fads. I just drank more water than usual, drank warm lemon water in the morning instead of coffee, woke an hour early just so I can jog for 30 minutes at least and sweat it all up– bottom line, a change of lifestyle. You can’t expect to lose weight if you’re not doing whatever it takes to burn those calories up. Weight loss isn’t miracle journey. It’s achieved by countless of hardwork.

  9. Avatar of Caroline Beck

    Caroline Beck

    Yeah, just eat a balanced meal. Stop it with this crap about diets.

  10. Avatar of Fannie Hall

    Fannie Hall

    Seriously? Diet pills have those? Well, how come it’s not addictive? I don’t think it’s right to put illegal drugs in legal diet pills because it defeats the fact that it’s ILLEGAL. Are you serious? Do you have basis about this? It’s quite a strong claim. Most of these pills are FDA approved and no one in the right mind would approve something that contains meth. I’ve tried diet pills before and never saw symptoms that are close to being addicted to actual meth. What a crazy claim to say…?

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