5 Fad Diets That Can Be Dangerous for Your Health

Fad diets vow to help you shed pounds quickly and effortlessly. “Most fad diets go something like this: Take a few foods, give them ‘magic’ power, and set a plan to convince people that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss,” Alexandra Caspero, a nutritionist, told Health. While quick-fix diets may sound tempting, don’t fall prey to their empty promises! These five diets consist of strict rules, poor long-term results, and in some cases, nutritional deficiencies.

1. The five-bite diet

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Created by Dr. Alwin Lewis, the five-bite diet encourages you to lose weight by eating less. SFGate explains that instead of counting calories, diet participants count bites. This quick-fix weight-loss plan requires you to skip breakfast and then eat five bites of whatever food you’d like at lunch and dinner, according to the article. As long as your drinks are calorie-free, you can have as many beverages as you’d like.

Even if you choose high-calorie foods and take large bites, the Dr. Oz Blog notes that it will probably amount to about 800 calories a day, which is less than half of the daily amount that’s generally recommended. And while the diet encourages you to take a daily multivitamin, the Dr. Oz Blog warns that this diet won’t come close to providing you with the key vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs. Livestrong states that low-calorie diets such as this one can eventually cause deficiencies that lead to anemia, bone loss, decreased cognitive function, and low energy.

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