Why A Fad is Bad

19 Sep

We often participate in what we think is good for us because a lot of other people are doing it. Just because it’s trendy, doesn’t make it true.

What does “Fad” mean?

I looked at the Merriam Webster Dictionary online.

Noun (1)

FASHIONSTYLEMODEVOGUEFADRAGECRAZE mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. FASHION is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place.  the current fashion  STYLE often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste.

    You’ve probably heard the same old story. “My wife goes on these diets and loses a ton of weight then she gains it all back.” Typical story of a “Yo-Yo” dieter or what I call “Fad Follower Syndrome.” All of a sudden a certain way of being, doing or acting suddenly becomes popular amongst the masses. There’s a danger in following what is popular vs. reality. The reality is fad diets don’t work because they aren’t designed to work long term. They aren’t supposed to be sustainable because people want to lose weight fast.

I’m not a “diet” person nor do I encourage a certain way of eating. One way of eating doesn’t work for all.

I was inspired by this article: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/nutrition/jillian-michaels-slams-fad-diets-and-urges-people-do-not-do-keto/ar-AAxGi8P

I am not a Jillian Michaels follower. I agree on this particular article. “Keto” diet is very popular right now. People ask me about it. My suggestion is before investing time and energy in to any diet plan, DO YOUR HOMEWORK! I do not believe in diets. The word “diet” has a negative connotation. I look at eating as a long term wellness plan. It must, must, must be paired with exercise. Especially if you want long term success.

A “FAD” is simply another word for “money making scheme” for someone who has a vague idea about exercise. Don’t be suckered in to it just because it sounds AMAZING! I have seen this over and over again. Don’t be a “Fad Follower”. Instead invest time and energy in to long term success. Health is more than just a passing craze.

What would I recommend the next time you come across the latest “Fad Diet.” Don’t buy into it. Unless you really like spending all your money on things that don’t work, then I highly recommend it.

Instead of being a follower, be your own leader.

Wellness is a practice. It doesn’t happen overnight.