Decades of Fad Diets

One thing generations have in common is coming up with crazy fad diets. With the invention of the VCR came the surge of workout tapes that gave us Jane Fonda’s workout and Richard Simmons Sweatin’ to the Oldies.

Health crazes all revolve around on common enemy…. Fighting off fat!

Unfortunately some of the diet trends had negative side effects to our health or people gained all the weight back and plus a few extra pounds.
I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and do some research on diet trends through the decades.  

I’m curious to know which diets have you tried over the years?

Decades of Diet Trends
Grapefruit Diet
The grapefruit diet started in the 1930’s and was popular for several decades. Grapefruit has properties that burn fat so the original concept was to eat a grapefruit with every meal. Eventually, the diet evolved into just eating one meal at night and a grapefruit for breakfast and a grapefruit for lunch.

The Cigarette Diet
You have to love marketing! Luck Strike Cigarettes created the “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet” campaign.

The Cabbage Soup Diet
The 1950’s era gave us the cabbage soup diet. This diet promised that you would lose 10 pounds in a week and is still circulating today.

Weight Watchers
Weight watchers was founded in 1963 and became first fad diet to turn into a huge corporation and is now owned by Oprah Winfrey.

Slim Fast
The early 70’s brought us the sedation diet as an easy way to lose weight. You take a sedative and sleep away the pounds. In the late 70’s everyone decided to wake up and embrace a new diet plan. Slim Fast introduced the concept of meal replacement diets.

80’s Workout Craze
Along with VHS players came the aerobic craze. Which celebrity workout video did you have? Or did you join the Jazzercise movement.

The Liquid Diet
Many embraced the liquid diet when Oprah lost 67 pounds on it. This diet was not only dangerous, it didn’t work and she quickly gained all the weight back.

McDonalds Diet
Does anyone want to admit they tried a McLean Hamburger from McDonalds? This 91% fat free hamburger entered the diet exploded onto the market but it did not take long for it’s sizzle to fizzle.

The Skinny on Fat
Since the 90’s we continue to evolve with diet plans such at Atkins, The Zone, The South Beach and Alli. Fad diets come and go because they don’t work. The best way to achieve optimal health is learn about integrative health coaching.
The only way to fight fat is to know about it. It’s important to know what fats you should include in your diet and which ones to avoid. I believe you need 2 things to live a healthy lifestyle…. A healthy gut and education. So here is the skinny on fat….

Saturated Fat
Saturated fat is found in beef, pork, poultry, cow’s milk, coconut, avocado, palm oil and full-fat dairy. One way to identify saturated fat is that it is solid at room temperature. The risk of too much saturated fat is the increased risk of heart disease.

Monounsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated fat is found in avocados, olives, olive oil, nuts, sunflower oil, seeds, halibut, sablefish, mackerel, veggies high in oleic-acid1. Monounsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature and becomes solid when it’s cold. Typically, this type of fat is considered heart-healthy because it raises good HDL and lowers LDL.

Polyunsaturated Fat
Polyunsaturated fats are found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, trout, fresh tuna, flax seed (oil), walnuts, and soybean oil. It’s liquid at room temperature and when chilled. Polyunsaturated fats are also considered heart-healthy because they raise your good HDL and lowers your LDL.

Trans Fats
Don’t hate the messenger, but trans fats can be found in some margarine's, processed foods, candy, chips, soda’s, flaky pastries and some peanut butters. Most trans fats are industrially created to make a product that will have a longer shelf life. Some trans fats are found naturally such as in beef, lamb, butterfat and some diary. Now I have more bad news, trans fats raise your LDL and lowers your HDL leading to plaque buildup in the arteries and increases the risk of heart disease. Trans fat is the fat you need to seriously stay away from. If you see partially-hydrogenated oil listed on the label, stay away from the product.

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