Let’s Talk Nutrition: Fad Diets


It’s no secret that they key to a long, healthy life is to take care of your body through proper exercise and eating right. But with so many fad diets, nutrition myths, and get fit quick promises, it’s hard to distinguish what actually works. Understanding how your body reacts to certain food groups is important when formulating your nutrition plan.

What are fad diets and how do they work?

Typically, fad diets offer a quick fix solution that is usually restrictive and not sustainable for the long term. These diets can involve cutting out specific food groups, fasting for extended periods of time, or limiting yourself to eating certain foods. Fad diets can be dangerous if you stick to them for a certain period of time or aren’t totally aware of how it might impact your body. It’s best to do your research and figure out what nutritional plan might be the best for you. Keep in mind that your body might have a completely different reaction to a diet than a friend or family member.

How can you use fad diets to learn about your body?

Whole30 has risen in popularity over the last few years, which requires participants to exclude sugar, grains, legumes, and dairy, to name a few, from their diet. Although this type of diet may not be sustainable for some for the long term, it’s a great way to learn about how your body reacts to eating (or not eating) certain food groups. Fad diets can be an excellent way to pinpoint potential allergies and intolerances you might not be aware of.

We sat down with UCHealth Medical Fitness Registered Dietitian, Katharine Kissane, MS, RD, CSSD, to talk fad diets and how you can learn from your body by safely dieting. UCHealth Medical Fitness offers a variety of nutrition services that can help you create a diet and lifestyle that works for your body’s unique needs.

How is UCHealth Medical Fitness different?

UCHealth Medical Fitness (MedFit for short) aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for those in the Windsor and surrounding communities. MedFit strives to prevent and lower the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as to help those recovering from illness or injury. As a medical fitness center, MedFit identifies and utilizes a person’s unique medical profile to design a safe, medically supervised fitness program as a necessary component to achieve optimum health, prevent and treat disease and/or injury.

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