A fad diet is usually called  a diet which  comes and goes within a short amount of time. Many other similar diets had a brief popularity and disappeared.  Some of them worked for certain people, did nothing for another group, and caused problems in a third group. The Atkins Diet, for instance, can be referred to as a fad diet. Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2005. Other fad diets  are  South Beach, the Zone, or other protein-packed regimens, dieters were dropping pounds while eating rich, low-carb foods such as butter, steak, and pepperoni pizza (but without the yummy crust). Now the trend has shifted, as it always does with fad diets.

American Heart Association issued the following statement about fad diet

We want to inform the public about misleading weight-loss claims. Many of these diets — like the infamous Cabbage Soup Diet — can undermine your health, cause physical discomfort (abdominal discomfort and flatulence [gas] ) and lead to disappointment when you regain weight soon after you lose it.

Quick-weight-loss diets usually overemphasize one particular food or type of food. They violate the first principle of good nutrition: Eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. If you are able to stay on such a diet for more than a few weeks, you may develop nutritional deficiencies, because no one type of food has all the nutrients you need for good health. The Cabbage Soup Diet mentioned above is an example. This so-called fat-burning soup is eaten mostly with fruits and vegetables. The diet supposedly helps heart patients lose 10–17 pounds in seven days before surgery. There are no “superfoods.” That’s why you should eat moderate amounts from all food groups, not large amounts of a few special foods.
These diets also violate a second important principle of good nutrition: Eating should be enjoyable. These diets are so monotonous and boring that it’s almost impossible to stay on them for long periods.

Time tested diets should be tried before turning to surgical weigth loss

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