Beware: New Year = New Fad Diets

Jan. 1 signals a new calendar year, and for many Americans, a “new year, new me” mentality. In fact, according to Business Insider, getting in shape is consistently the most popular New Year’s resolution in the United States. While making lifestyle changes, as approved by a doctor, is not a bad thing, turning to a fad diet to achieve a resolution of getting in shape is not ideal or healthy.

What’s a fad diet?

Fad diets typically promise quick weight loss, oftentimes through unhealthy and unbalanced dieting. A diet can be considered a fad if it:

  • Claims to help you lose more than 1-2 pounds per week
  • Promises that you’ll lose weight and keep it off without giving up fatty foods or starting an exercise program
  • Bases its claims only on “before and after” photos
  • Limits your food choices and encourages you to only eat a specific set or type of food

What are the dangers of fad diets?

Fad diets can lead to things like gout, poor athleticism, heart disease and—ironically—poor, long-term weight-loss control. If you’re looking to get in shape or lose weight this year, make lifestyle changes that encourage portion control, exercise more, avoid empty calories and eat a well-balanced diet. Keep in mind that forming healthy dieting practices now will keep you on track with your long-term weight-loss goal.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 278
Total Fat 16 g
Protein 22 g
Carbohydrates 16 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Sodium 262 mg
Total Sugars 3 g

Source: USDA

Kale and Tuna Salad


  • 2 5-ounce cans tuna
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 2 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper (to taste)


  1. Wash kale. Set aside to drain water off.
  2. Cut tomatoes in half and lightly toss in a bowl with balsamic vinegar, oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a salad bowl, mix tuna and liquid from the can gently with juice from half of the lemon and a pinch of pepper.
  4. Massage kale for about 3 minutes to soften it.
  5. Add the kale and half of the tomatoes to the tuna, and gently toss until all is coated with dressing.
  6. Add remaining tomatoes.
  7. Squeeze remaining lemon all over and serve.

Makes: 4 servings