Fad diets: are they really that bad? I’m sure you have heard of Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, fasting methods, or one of the most popular currently keto. Many of these diets have gained negative feedback but are coupled with more than their fair share of anecdotal evidence. So, what’s the real scoop here? The truth is any diet will work, however, the way they work depends on two factors; adherence and time. In other words, while one person may find a certain eating pattern to be unsustainable, it may work perfectly for someone else. The word “diet” has a negative connotation when in all actuality diet simply means what is consumed on a daily basis.