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So summer is almost here, and you know what that means right? FAD diets are going to be filling your newsfeed! A FAD diet is a diet that is only popular for a certain amount of time. They vow to shed maximum weight in the shortest time. While it may sound promising, it’s not always the healthiest option to go for.

With the rising trend of people googling weight loss hacks, they’re likely to come across ‘quick fixes’ and promotions endorsing ridiculous drinks and crash diets. Instead of searching for diets you can search doctor availability apps for online medical consultations with online doctors that can guide you to a healthier way of life and safer diet plans for weight loss.

Let’s take a look at some of the quirkiest FAD diets out there!

  • The Drinking Man’s Diet- How to Lose Weight with a minimum of will power

There are so many things wrong with the title alone! Losing weight is just as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one. A 50-page paperback published back in the 1950s endorsed that a high protein, high fat and low carb diet would help men preserve their ‘masculinity’. Not sure what that implies. While cutting down on carbs does help you lose weight, it’s important to know the difference between good and bad carbs.

Healthy carbs include natural forms of carbohydrates like fruits and vegetable. Brown flour, rice and sugar should replace the white counterparts. Such FAD diets may give you results, but can also come with a list of unwanted side effects.

  • The Beverly Hills Diet

Published in 1981, it was popularly promoted by actors and other celebrities. A lady named Judy Mazel with no formal science or nutrition background opened a diet clinic in Beverly Hills and sold a diet that helped her lose weight. Judy’s book sold a million copies despite receiving criticism from doctors and other qualified professionals. They couldn’t accept her theory that weight gain is caused by undigested food that gets ‘stuck’ in the body. Lady, that’s called constipation! Seems like things haven’t changed much in the past 30 years or so. The weirdest things went viral back then too!

If you come across a weight loss diet plan that interests you, consult your doctor before you begin or you could contact an online doctor with the online doctor app Mylivedoctors. Download the online doctor app on your smartphone or mobile device for FREE and instantly and find best doctors online for expert medical advice.

  • Sylvester Graham’s Diet

So that’s where graham crackers come from! Mr. Graham was a minister back in the 1800s that had some sort of spiritual awakening and proclaimed the stomach as ‘the helpful minister of your body’.  His dietary principles were derived from his interpretation of the 10 commandments which somehow translated into carbs and meat causing ‘over-stimulation’ that ultimately led to immoral behavior. Strange but true. Despite stating that this diet could prolong life up to 100 years, he died at 57.

  • Fletcherism

Being a wealthy businessman, clearly Fletcher had no idea how to put his money to better use. He came up with a theory that food was to be eaten in a ‘good and hungry’ state. How do you define good though? A good state for one may not be for another- so this was an obvious drawback in this theory. But here’s the catch. Fletcher said that in order to lose weight you had to chew 100-700 times before swallowing and solid food had to be spat out! Today we know that chewing aids digestion of food so yes you should chew your food as much as you can but spitting it back out is just absurd!

  • Liquid Diets

One of the first meal replacement drinks was concocted in 1930. It consisted of starch, milk chocolate, whole wheat and bran and was to be consumed at breakfast and lunch. This paved a way for a much profitable industry, that is still very much prevalent today. Liquid supplements for children, the elderly and hospitalized patients is applicable an understandable, but they can’t be used to completely replace meals. Nutritionally balanced? Maybe. Practical solution for weight loss? No, not entirely.

The cabbage soup and ‘juicing’ diets are among popular liquid diets too. Advertising a 10-pound weight loss in a week is a high-set bar! If you’re a sucker for rapid results then go ahead and try it. It is likely to cause fatigue and weakness though-like most shortcuts! Life gives you enough lemons as it is! So, make lemon juice and burn off the heat instead!

These diets are still very much prevalent today in different forms with different names. FAD diets often leave out key foods and therefore may cause the following signs and symptoms:

  • Dehydration
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Nausea

If you think you’re suffering from any of these side effects after following a diet plan contact your doctor immediately or connect with one at Mylivedoctors an online doctor app that you can download on your smartphone for FREE. It’s a quick, safe and convenient way to get expert medical advice from the comfort of your own home or even on the go!

Instead of wasting your time with 10, 15-day weight loss ‘solutions’, make it a lifestyle. You know it’s not going to work anyway. Have everything in moderation. Fill your picnic basket with some graham crackers and cheese, a healthy whole wheat sandwich and juice it down at the beach!

Before beginning any diet plan, make sure you discuss it with your doctor or licensed nutritionist. You can visit and instantly connect with a Board-certified specialist!