5 Fad Diets to Avoid


It is very common to make an effort to change your eating habits at the start of a new year. Here are some diet fads to avoid obtained from worldlifestyle.com. If you have any questions on healthy ways to change your eating, contact your LifeStart dietitian at rd@lifestart.net.

1. Breatharian Diet

Followers of this bizarre diet claim that they do not need to eat or drink anything, as the sun’s rays and air alone will sustain them. Michelle Pfeiffer recently admitted that she followed this way of living for a while when she first moved to Los Angeles at age 20. The actress soon realized the New Age theory was unsafe and escaped what she said was a cult of people who had “brainwashed” her. Of course, this is a dangerous and deadly thing to attempt at all.

2.  The Biotyping Diet

The Biotyping program sees fans of this program eating certain foods to try and control their hormone balance. It also claims to “spot reduce” problem areas by targeting the fat accumulation in different parts of the body pertaining to six different hormone types. Singer Boy George reportedly attributed his weight loss to this plan. The BDA says that people will lose weight “because it restricts certain foods” but relies “too heavily on supplements and pseudo-science.”

3. The Gluten-Free Diet

For people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, gluten should definitely be avoided. But the BDA suggests that eating gluten is totally fine for anyone else and it won’t make much of a health difference. “There is no credible published research showing that a gluten-free diet per se leads to weight loss,” the BDA said. Gwyneth Paltrow is a big proponent of the gluten-free way of life and even released a cookbook this year sharing her favorite recipes.

4. The Alcorexic Diet

The Alcorexic Diet, also known as the Drunkorexia Diet, is said to be particularly favored by college girls. It’s described as eating little calories during the day or work week, “saving” the calories for the evening or weekend to binge drink. Eating too few calories starves the body of the vitamins and nutrients it needs. And then drinking a lot of alcohol in one go, and on an empty stomach, is very unsafe. “It is widely thought that many top models follow this diet,” the BDA reports.

5. The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has seen increased popularity in recent years through reports that the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother, Carole Middleton, and pop diva Jennifer Lopez, are fans. But the complex high-protein, low-carb diet can lead to lack of energy, constipation, and even bad breath, according to the BDA.

“The bottom line is, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is,” Sian Porter, consultant dietitian and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, said. “The simple fact is there is no ‘wonder diet’ just as there are no ‘superfoods.’”