Newest weight loss fad is a failure waiting to happen

Any time you hear the phrase "new diet," alarm bells should start ringing.

"New diet" is really just code for "fad diet" -- and a fad diet is a BAD diet.

I haven't heard of a single one yet that's safe and effective, and the latest "new diet" to make headlines is no exception.

It's called the "flexible diet," aka IIFYM ("if it fits your macros"), and it promises to let you eat whatever junk you want in moderation as long as you follow certain other rules.

And along with a willingness to try a fad diet, you should probably have a math degree -- because you may need one to figure out this convoluted system.

Everyone on IIFYM is supposed to have highly personalized targets for calories, carbs, fats, fiber and key nutrients based on age, size, weight, physical activity and goals.

Once you have all that sorted out, you can eat whatever you want. Anything goes, as long as you hit all those targets right in the bulls-eye.

Flexible dieters brag online about all the pizza, Pop-Tarts and Oreos they're eating -- and some even manage to lose weight... for now.

Check back in with them in a year or so and see where they are. I'll bet you anything most of them are back to square one, because it's not a sustainable long-term diet -- not when you have to grab a calculator and a slide rule before you can order your lunch!

If you want to lose weight and get healthy at the same time, you don't need a calculator. Just try the original "flexible" diet instead -- a time-tested approach that's proven to be the healthiest on the planet for centuries and allows for maximum flexibility without all the counting.

It's a back-to-basics Mediterranean diet rich in a wide variety of nearly all your favorite foods.

There's even room for a little chocolate and a glass of wine.

Unlike the phony "flexible diet" making headlines today, the Mediterranean diet is clinically proven to prevent two of today's leading killers: heart attack and stroke.

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