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  • Why so many fad diets on the forum lately?

    Seriously, just do the program. Do the WHOLE program. Include the fitness portion, the play, the sleep, the cultivating friendships and other spiritually uplifting crap. If you really truly are having trouble, cut the wine, cheese, nuts, smoothies and chocolate and make sure you really are eating MEAT, VEGETABLES and not avoiding FAT. And eat your freakin' liver and oysters for crying out loud.
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    For reals.

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    • #3
      boredom.

      plain and simple....

      hell how many ways can you say "eat real food" and keep the conversation going?


      fad diets are sexy and spend money

      so


      eat moar mars bars

      uhm


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      • #4
        I think it's because for many, Paleo itself is a Fad diet. Yes, even people on Paleo. (Possibly even me.)

        Really, a FAD diet is simply a diet that gets really popular for a while and then fades away to a much smaller base. It doesn't mean the diet is bad or that it doesn't work, it's simply means it's less popular. In that sense, for all we know Paleo or Primal could be a FAD diet from a broader perspective.

        We all know a LOT of the people on these forums won't be practicing Paleo in a year or two or 5. It's just the way the world works. For them, it is a FAD diet (though not consciously), so the chance to try a FAD diet within Paleo is something that excites them and keeps them motivated. Sadly, the need to keep their diets new and exciting and different will eventually lead to the inevitable return to the SAD for many.

        It's not a knock on Paleo at all, it's a knock on humans. For whatever reason, whether it's Paleo or low-fat or low carb...the failure rate will be high and really, the failure rate is what makes a diet a "fad" or not.

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        • #5
          people still want a "quick-fix". Though I was always under the impression primal isn't a quick fix, but rather a rather painless way to get to where you want to be. Wherever that may be, and however long it may take. Along the way, where you want to be may also change. That is why I love Primal so much.

          Just stick to the program. Seriously.

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          • #6
            Because people are always looking for the next panacea, and refuse to admit panaceas don't exist.
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            • #7
              i used to eat panaceas for breakfast with bacon and sausage and maple syrup
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              • #8
                Originally posted by bob loblaw View Post
                I think it's because for many, Paleo itself is a Fad diet. Yes, even people on Paleo. (Possibly even me.)
                I think a lot of diets are converging on the basic principles of eat clean and get rid of the processed crap. For a long time, you had extreme diets that were advocating all sorts of strange things. Lately, however, the basic principles of eating clean and avoiding processed crap, sugar, grains, etc is getting more popular. There's still a lot of different names out there, but if anything this type of lifestyle is getting more popular rather than less popular.

                I very much disagree that people who have been following Paleo or Primal for a while will suddenly go back to the SAD diet. Knowledge is a huge factor in this diet and you can't simply forget why processed crap foods are bad and how they make you feel. If anything, each time I eat something off plan, it just firms my resolve that I need to eat clean. I don't consider it a diet, it's just the way I eat now. I am not perfect, but there is just no way I go back to eating chips, bread, fried foods, cereal, burritos, etc that made me obese for twenty years.

                Not everyone will be the same, but I lost 80 pounds in a year following paleo/primal and have kept it off for over a year. If anything, I am following it now more than ever as I am about 90/10 in my eating and am doing crossfit 5x per week.

                It's cool to try new things, but eating clean and eliminating processed crap foods is a lifestyle. It's not a fad diet.
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                • #9
                  I think the next big thing will be fad combos. Take one fad from column A and one from column B, and voila!

                  And so I embarked upon my quest to eat nothing but potatoes for three straight years... and supplement with iodine!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                    Seriously, just do the program. Do the WHOLE program. Include the fitness portion, the play, the sleep, the cultivating friendships and other spiritually uplifting crap. If you really truly are having trouble, cut the wine, cheese, nuts, smoothies and chocolate and make sure you really are eating MEAT, VEGETABLES and not avoiding FAT. And eat your freakin' liver and oysters for crying out loud.
                    Which fads are you referring to? Fasting, Intermittent Fasting, ketogenic, carb refeeding, low carb, very low carb, whole 30's, seasonal eating, pescatarianism, or the Warrior Diet?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bob loblaw View Post
                      the failure rate is what makes a diet a "fad" or not.
                      Weight Watchers is most definitely a fad diet then, but one that gets a lot of respect.

                      For me the definition of 'fad' would be more about fleeting popularity, than effectiveness.

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                      • #12
                        Which fads are you referring to? Fasting, Intermittent Fasting, ketogenic, carb refeeding, low carb, very low carb, whole 30's, seasonal eating, pescatarianism, or the Warrior Diet?
                        Good point, Otzi. Most these ideas support each other and overlap. I have taken them all to heart and applied these to my life. Are any of them fads? I don't think so. They're ideas we can try out on top of our existing ways of eating to see if they provide good results. So you've brought to the front a question. Who is calling what a fad, and based on what criteria?
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                        • #13
                          I'm wondering what differentiates an experimental hack from a "fad diet?"

                          If a bunch of women find that they have to tweak primal a bit because it's different for them, is that a fad?

                          OTOH, I'm totally impressed by the amount of outrage and vitriol engendered by the lowly potato. I always thought of it as a bit of a wimp. Now I bow to the potato's power.
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                          • #14
                            Ignore potatoes. If you're a typical white person with good amounts of neanderthal ancestry, high-fat VLC is the way to go for most of us. If you're a pure sapiens, South African, etc., go for the starches, fine, for most of you. As a Neanderthal hybrid I've had terrible luck trying to add potatoes and starches back into my food menu. Diarrhea and bloating and binges, hunger that won't go away, etc. When I stay high-fat MOST of the time I have even energy, normal appetite, etc.

                            That's a fad. Adding potatoes to a high-fat diet.

                            But seriously. F potatoes. Even sweet potatoes, I'm learning. Not for super-white neanderthal peoples.
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                            • #15
                              Oh, I didn't mean I bow to potato's nutritive value. Just it's power to get so many panties in a wad. A spud is a spud. Once in awhile, not every day.
                              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                              B*tch-lite

                              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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