Originally Posted by BendtheBar
In our niche I see a fad as something exercise or nutrition related that is embraced by the public at large, generally not used properly, not used in context, or perhaps not the best way to reach their goals.
I couldn't agree more. For example, rest pause training is great for advanced lifters who know how to use it correctly. The 19 year old kid who weighs 115 pounds and is half benching with elbows flared isn't going to get much out of it.
When I think of fad diets, I think back to that awful cabbage soup diet. Cabbage soup for 2 weeks straight. Nothing else. I lost weight, but it wasn't remotely healthy.