Popular Diets to Avoid

With all the different weight loss options out there—diets, methods, programs—it can be hard to know which things to try and which things to skip. In this article I’ll talk a little bit about diets in particular, and suggest a few popular diets to avoid. There are many diets out there that sound remarkable healthy, but this can sometimes be quite deceiving. I’ll give you a few tips on how to spot diets that are potentially unhelpful and/or damaging. With something as delicate as weight loss, you want to make sure that you are treating your body well and being careful about your dieting habits.

Reductionist Diets

There are a lot of fad diets out there to avoid, and this type pops up pretty often. These are diets that eliminate entire food groups in favor of only a few other food groups. The cabbage soup diet is a good example of this type of diet, because it’s mostly vegetables and promises that you’ll lose up to ten pounds in the first week. While this might excite some people, it’s not a good diet plan. People need to diversify their diet in order to stay healthy. You need to eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. Not only this, but the diet is futile in the long-run because you’ll likely get tired of eating the same food over and over. This will cause you to ultimately lose motivation for dieting.

The Miracle Diet

People are always looking for that magical ingredient found deep within some rainforest that an unknown native group has been using in food for generations. The fact is, however, that there is no such miracle ingredient. Supplement pills and diets of many kinds use the ‘magical ingredient’ approach, such as the apple cider vinegar and green tea diets. There is no single ingredient or food that has such a dramatic effect on weight loss. People are also tempted to use supplements that are somehow able to help you lose weight fast without any diet or exercise. While these supplements might not necessarily be dangerous, it is much better to get your nutrients from food directly.

Cleanse Diet

These kinds of diets or cleanses as they are sometimes called are somewhat suspicious. These are often extreme diet regimens that are meant to flush your liver, colon, or digestive system. While a cleanse seems to make theoretical sense, it should be noted that there is really no scientific evidence that recommends such things. Unless you have liver or kidney problems, these organs are perfectly capable of ridding your system of potential toxins and cleaning your system.

Low-Cal Diets

As you probably know, weight loss is pretty much all about about creating a deficit between calories consumed and calories expended. You want to expend more calories than you consume. Some people take on low calorie diets thinking that they can lose lots of weight every week. The problem is, when you don’t consume enough calories, your body is robbed of some essential nutrients it needs to run efficiently. In addition, when you don’t consume enough calories, your metabolism adjusts accordingly which can disrupt your system after you end the diet. If you do find yourself losing significant weight during a low calorie diet or fast, this doesn’t mean it’s working as intended. This weight can often be a combination of fat, fluid, and muscle, which is not positive weight loss. You will inevitably lose energy, strength, and immunity. It’s best to use a little common sense and a little research whenever you endeavor on a new diet plan. Make sure that it’s safe and that you still get your essential nutrients.

How To Find the Right Diet

So with all of these bad diet plans out there, it can be hard to find one that actually works.  If you’re looking for a good diet, then you should check out our guide to finding the right diet plan.  It has a lot of great information for people on the hunt.

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