Fad Diets by Group

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When you look at this list of fad diets some of them, may seem stranger than others. Fad diets come and go through the years, as people look for a quick fix for weight loss instead of leading a healthier lifestyle with a balanced, nutritional diet.

What is a Fad Diet?

A diet is considered a fad diet when it promises unrealistic rapid weight loss results by following the specific guidelines of the diet. Often fad diets become popular very quickly and lose their popularity after a short time. These types of diets are generally considered unhealthy by medical and nutritional professionals as they do not supply the body with needed nutrients.

List of Fad Diets

Several of the diets in the following list may fall into more than one diet group type such as The Grapefruit Juice Diet which falls into specific food type and also the liquid diet group. Fad diets listed here are only included in one group even though they may fall in two or more diet groups.

Specific Food Fad Diets

There are many popular fad diets that focus on eating one particular type of food for a specific number of days or meals. Fad diets that fall into this category include:

  • Amazing Peanut Butter Diet
  • Cabbage Soup Diet
  • Chicken Soup Diet
  • Chocolate Diet
  • Coconut Diet
  • Cookie Diet
  • Drink Beer, Eat Ice Cream and Lose Weight
  • Drink Coffee and Lose Weight
  • Drink Liquids and Lose Weight
  • Eat Subway and Lose Weight
  • Eat Three Apples a Day and Lose Weight
  • Fruit Diet
  • Grapefruit Diet
  • Grapefruit Juice Diet
  • Ice Cream Diet
  • Lemonade Diet
  • Maple Syrup Diet
  • Master Cleanse Diet
  • Pasta Diet
  • Potato Chip Diet
  • Salad Diet
  • The Bread and Butter Diet
  • The Candy Diet
  • Slim Fast Jump Start Diet
  • Soup Diet
  • The Popcorn Diet
  • Tuna Fish Diet

Fad Diets to Follow for a Specific Time Period

Many fad diets suggest menu choices allowed for a certain time period. These diets often promise that a specific amount of weight loss will occur during the specified amount of time.

  • Moon Diet
  • The 3 Day Diet
  • The 7 Day Diet
  • The 7 Day All You Can Eat Diet
  • Three Day Tuna Diet
  • Three-Hour Diet

Protein, Fat and Carbohydrate Combination Diets

There are many diets based on various combinations of protein, fat and carbohydrate intake, such as low carbohydrate/high protein or high protein/low carbohydrate. Many diets that fall into this category are known as a fad diets.

  • Abs Diet
  • Atkins Diet
  • The Kimkins Diet Plan
  • Low Carb Diet
  • Low Carbohydrate - High-Protein Diet
  • Low Fat Diet
  • Scarsdale Diet
  • South Beach Diet

Fad Diets that have a Chemical Reaction in the Body Causing Weight Loss

Some fad diets are based on the theory that certain foods produce a chemical reaction in the body causing more calories to be burned, resulting in fat loss.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
  • Beverly Hills Diet
  • Brazilian Diet
  • Blood Type Diet
  • Chemical Reaction Diet
  • Hollywood Diet
  • Metabolism Diet
  • Miracle Diet
  • Purple Diet
  • Sacred Heart Diet
  • Sugar Buster Diet

Unusual Fad Diets

  • Be Religious and Lose Weight
  • Eat Backwards and Lose Weight
  • Fasting for Weight Loss
  • Fat Loss 4 Idiots Diet
  • Jerusalem Diet
  • Lying Could Help You Lose Weight
  • Negative Calorie Diet
  • The One Good Meal Diet
  • Russian Air Force Diet
  • The Lazy Zone Diet
  • The Portfolio Diet
  • The Shangri-La Diet
  • Walk Your Dog and Lose Weight Diet
  • Weight Loss 4 Idiots Diet
  • Zone Diet


There are many fad diet lists with variations of the listed diets. These diets have one thing in common, the promise of quick weight loss usually without exercise. Dieters should to be aware of the effects and dangers associated with any fad diet they may want to follow. The best method of losing weight is following a low calorie, balanced eating plan that results in a healthy weight loss.

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