Fad diet definition

An eating plan that typically promotes weight loss and experiences temporary popularity; it’s a fad.

A fad diet oftentimes promotes or eliminates a particular food or food group to lose weight which means it is oftentimes an unbalanced eating plan. Examples include the Atkins diet and the Cabbage Soup Diet.

A fad diet commonly uses testimonials and weight loss claims to promote it instead of solid scientific evidence.

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