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Catherine Champagne Part 2, What is a Fad Diet?

In part 2 of this Exclusive Interview, Catherine Champagne defines fad diets versus a patient’s beliefs in a discussion with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed.

Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS  is a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.


Transcript of this video segment:

Freed: Getting back to some facts about your presentation that you did yesterday, on the topic of fad diets. I’m not sure I know what a fad diet is, except if I see it on television – to eat pineapples every day or something. There are so many.

Champagne: And actually the presentation yesterday really did not focus on a number of fad diets. It was more beliefs; for instance we looked at what worked better; was it dietary patterns. Was it the nutrients to focus on. Was it structured nutrients and portion sizes. And you know, what was the best thing. So we didn’t actually go into fad diets. I discussed the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet, both of which are rated number one by U.S. News and World Report on a yearly basis. DASH has been number one going on eight years now. Dr. Melinda Mariner did talk about the ketogenic diet and just as you previously said, it’s now accepted for use in people with diabetes.

But just looking at the term, fad diets, in general, you know a lot of fad diets are diets that people embark on to lose weight really quick. So the question is, will they be able to sustain that dietary regimen in the long term. And if so, then why would you want to. If you were going to maintain that in the long term and there’s no harm to you then that’s fine. However, my impression of a fad diet is it is something that somebody wants to try to jumpstart their metabolism, lose weight quickly and then return to some other form of eating. Which, if the form of eating that they return to is one that is healthful in nature, and by that meaning not restricting food groups or necessarily foods that may have a beneficial diet effects, then that would be a way to utilize a fad diet for instance

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