We are thrilled to have a guest post from Lucy Wyndham. Lucy is a professional freelance writer working in the fitness industry. Four Fitness Scams to Avoid The internet is practically swarming with a variety of ‘experts’ claiming they know the secret to helping you lose weight for good. In the UK, obesity rates have tripled in the past 30 years, which prompted a rise in the number of “diet fads” promising weight-loss with little regulation. Many of these health crazes lack accountability, particularly the ones that promise serious weight-loss results without any exercise or physical fitness required. Everyone should be forewarned of the ill-effects of diet fads: knowing popular scams and how to avoid them will help ensure your diet regimen is reputable and safe. The Supplement Craze The European supplement industry is valued at a record £861.39m a year and projected to rise even higher, but that doesn’t mean all vitamins and supplements are safe, or even necessarily effective. In fact, there is no evidence that taking a multivitamin will make you live any longer. Many foods are boosted with vitamins at the source, and therefore people do not need to over-compensate with daily vitamins. Popular vitamin-based weight loss scams include ads promising Vitamin B12 or Omega-3 will help you lose weight, though there’s little science to back that it works. Rather than relying on supplements, try to obtain recommended vitamin levels through eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals for a healthy routine. The “Blood Type” Diet The so-called “Blood Type” diet advances that your diet should mirror your blood type, because the blood type reflects the dietary habits of our distant ancestors. There’s little evidence to support that theory; however, each of the 4 proposed diets are healthy ones, meaning that people who follow them strictly could conceivably lose weight. That said, don’t cut out red meat just because you have Type-A blood! Ditching Eggs The health community’s general fear of eggs relies on the (false) assumption that eating eggs, which are high in cholesterol, will cause your body’s blood cholesterol levels to rise. However, recent research suggests that eggs do not increase cholesterol levels in individuals without coronary heart disease. Actually, eggs are quite good for you, since they contain a variety of healthy fats and protein. Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, add eggs for a good staple in your diet. The 5:2 Diet The 5:2 diet is based on the premise of carb fasting – you eat normally five days a week, and fast by ingesting only 500-600 calories on the other two days. Many people swear by this regimen, though the NHS reports that there’s little evidence to support the 5:2 diet apart from anecdotal claims of weight-loss. Additionally, fasting can cause a variety of ill-advised side effects, such as dehydration and fatigue. A safer and less extreme diet would involve reducing sugars and processed carbs throughout the week. instead of fasting for two days. Be wary of scams that promise “instant” result or magical cures for weight loss, especially ones that do not involve a fitness routine to accompany good dietary habits. The appeal of these magic inventions is certainly tempting, but ultimately, long-term changes to eating and physical activity are the surest way to stay healthy while losing weight.