LITTLE ROCK (KTHV)-- The definition of a fad diet, is one that becomes very popular.
Often times the term "fad diet" is used to describe poor weight loss. Over the years, there have been many of those. Some of those you might remember include the Atkins diet, the grapefruit diet and the Master Cleanse diet.
Licensed social worker Brittany Smith tells us, not all diets are created equal. That's because the diets could result in poor health and nutrition.
One controversial, yet popular diet is the HCG diet. It exploded in popularity in 2009, but the question remains whether it's a legitimate way to lose weight. HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin. It's a hormone naturally produced in the placenta in pregnant women and helps control the hypothalmus throughout the pregnancy.
Under HCG aperson can lose up to 3 pounds a day, but Smith says it's a very low caloric diet and that can be poorly nutritious for the person taking HCG. Ways to be sure whether or not the diet you have is a bad one is one that has dire warnings of dangers from a single product or regimen, claims listed are too good to be true, recommendations based on a single study and if eliminates one or more of the five food groups. If you have any concerns and before you start any diet program, consult with your primary physician.
Smith says a diet rich in nutrients, beans, and other healthy foods, along with exercise and physical activity is a good one to consider.