Can Fad Diets Work?
Many dieters are still trying to find the magic bullet to weight loss. WebMD gets the skinny from experts on the latest quick-fix diets.
Our Fascination With Fad Diets continued...
Among the newest, for example, is The Fast-Food Diet, co-authored
by Stephen Sinatra, MD, and Jim Punkre, which capitalizes on the American love
affair with, yes, fast food. While the diet doesn't promote fast food per se,
it acknowledges that many of us (on any given day, the authors say, 25% of our
population) visit fast-food restaurants because they're convenient and
So, they suggest, if you're there already, make healthy choices that can
lead to weight loss. Some tips: Choose the smallest drink size, or better yet,
switch from soda to club soda or water; order from the children's menu; or eat
a baked potato, not fries.
Eating From the Bible
Another currently popular program, the Maker's Diet, created by Jordan S.
Rubin, is based on the theory of a "biblically correct diet and
lifestyle," including modest portions of whole foods from sources consumed
in as close to a natural (unrefined and unprocessed) state as possible. Rubin's
plan also focuses on emotional and spiritual health. His diet's seven keys are:
eat to live; supplement diet with whole foods, living nutrients, and
superfoods; practice advanced hygiene; condition your body with exercise and
body therapies; reduce toxins in your environment; avoid deadly emotions; and
live a life of prayer and purpose.
Clinical dietitian Janet Basom of the Joe Arrington Cancer Center (JACC) in
Lubbock, Texas, says that just because a diet plan -- more specifically, this
particular diet plan -- is on the best-seller list, doesn't mean that it
doesn't work or that it's not sensible.
"Through both my professional and personal experience, this plan is in
tune with what I believe to be true," says Basom.
"This isn't a 'far-out' diet," Basom adds. "The goal of the
program is to help people make permanent lifestyle choices, not necessarily to
lose weight. It's more about teaching people to make the best selections, not
only in what they eat, but in how they live."
Basom has been so encouraged by the results of the Maker's Diet that she has
received a grant to conduct a research trial on the program among the 100-plus
employees at JACC.