We have all heard the term tossed around that’s just a “fad diet”. The question is what does the term fad diet really mean. I have heard it often in reference to the keto diet and lifestyle, Atkins dieting, south beach diet, and pretty much any diet out there that isn’t endorsed by the mainstream medical system.
Personally, I believe the mainstream medical system with regards to everyday health in the United States especially to be extremely broken. So it begs the question “What is a fad diet?”
I think that if you break it down the term ” fad diet ” is extremely relative. Everyone has their own idea and perception of what it means. I have always been under the impression it meant that the diet was only a new trend that didn’t have a proven track record.
Look at the https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fad Merriam-Webster Dictionary online definition of the word fad…
Definition of fad
(Entry 1 of 2)
: a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal : CRAZE
Using this as the meaning for the word fad puts a new face on a fad diet. In this case a fad diet is simply one that becomes very popular for a time. It should not put doubt on whether that means the diet produces legit results or not.
Regarding the keto diet and lifestyle adopted by many it can be defined as a fad at this time. However, this diet has been around for quite some time.
A short history of the Keto Diet and Lifestyle
The Keto diet was originally formulated in the 1920s by doctors trying to come up with a cure or prevention of epileptic seizures. According to an article written by Dr. Mandal M.D. on News-Medical.net the diet was mostly abandoned after the introduction of other drugs which helped mitigate some seizures, however it was still used in cases where medicine did not work. She along with pediatric neurologist Wheless in an article on Wiley Online Library say that another doctor came out with a version of the Keto diet named the MCT diet in the 1970s. This led to a resurgence of the diet in treating epilepsy although it is till typically a last resource for mainstream treatment. Unfortunately, like many other modern mainstream medical doctors, many pediatricians default to relying on medication instead of diet to treat disease.
In the last 15 years many holistic doctors have started to research and use the keto diet to help treat other illnesses and obesity. It has gradually emerged and gained support in many circles including renowned cardiologists Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Dr. Bret Sher, nutritionists like Dr. Kellyann, and holistic doctors like Dr. Jockers and Dr. Axe.
Is a fad diet necessarily bad for you?
Not necessarily, the fact that a diet has become popular does not make it “bad”. Every person must do their own research and even ask their own doctor about any major diet change. Dr. Sher has an excellent article outlining things to ask your doctor about a keto or high fat, low carb diet plan.