Do they work?
First let’s take the dictionary meaning of each word.
Gimmick; a trick or device intended to attract attention, publicity or trade.
Fad Diet; (Wikipedia) The phrases food faddism and fad diet originally referred to idiosyncratic diets and eating patterns that promote short-term weight loss, usually with no concern for long-term weight maintenance. And enjoy temporary popularity.
What experience have you had with any of these?
In the world of weight loss and maintenance both are the same. Fad diets include; Cabbage soup diet; Acai Berry Diet; Negative Calorie Diet; Apple Cider Vinegar Diet; Hollywood Diet; Beverly Hills diet; and last but ridiculous The Tape Worm Diet!
In my opinion, these are also gimmicky.
In the last few years there have been other diets around that have been accused of being faddy, such as the Low Carb and Paleo Diets.
But hang on a minute; because these two do not fit the criteria above.
There are now millions of people who are managing their weight and are a lot healthier because they are not eating so much Carbohydrate.
The term Low Carb has been misused by its critics, because of all the bad publicity with the Atkins Diet. (This one was called a fad diet in its hay-days but it was a catalyst for many good diets that are now around)
But, Low Carb does not mean No Carb! (See my blog on this subject on my Website http:/www.patriciacherrylifecoach.com
The Paleo diet too cannot fit the criteria of a fad or gimmicky diet. Simply because it points the way to eating real food, and who can argue with that!
So let your criteria be; Does this diet involve real food? How much is it asking me to go against nature?
So the next time you consider how to lose weight, keep it off and is something that you can do for the rest of your life, remember that the diet should consist of mostly real food, not processed or refined false food.
And it is going against nature to expect you to live on mainly cabbage soup, berries, taking pills, and CERTAINLY NOT TAPE WORMS.