There’s certain things that seem to never go away: an annoying neighbor, taxes, and fad diets. While you may not be able to do much about the first two, you can decide what diet plans are best for you. Most fad diets go something like this: focus on a few foods, banish everything else, and set a plan to convince us that eating this way and only this way will promote weight loss. Unfortunately, this is not a nutritious way to go about eating and living a healthy life. Watch out for fad diets, like some of the ones listed here, and try to eat a well-rounded meal plan that will have you looking and feeling good long after these fads have faded!
While it’s true that cooking produce can sometimes reduce nutrient levels in various types of food, cooking your food does not make it a bad choice for weight loss. In fact, cooked veggies still pack plenty of fiber, vitamins and minerals. For some foods, cooking actually enhances nutrients while also killing bacteria. And the amount of dehydrating and rehydrating that goes into the food prep on a raw food diet is not only time consuming, but can lead you to overeat because of the deceptive portion sizes.
A favorite of celebrities, and often abused by most people, this lemonade-chili-syrup blend is a short term weight loss plan that ultimately results in weight gain in the long term. Not only do you usually just lose water weight, you experience common side effects like fatigue, nausea, dizziness and dehydration. And when you do low-calorie diets like this one, you are going to lose muscle, which is exactly the kind of weight you don’t want to lose.
Yeah, you heard us right! But this weight-loss tactic has been around for years and some desperate dieters will ingest tapeworm eggs hoping to shed unwanted pounds. This is how it works: hopefully the tapeworm eats the food you consume once it gets to your intestines, and then, once you lose enough weight, your doctor will prescribe you an anti-worm medication. There are huge health risks with this diet, including the risk for infection and the tapeworms possibly migrating to other parts of your body. Just don’t try it!
5 Bite Diet
We’re all for portion control, but we know that your body also needs a certain amount of fat, calories, and nutrients to function properly. This diet, that preaches eating whatever you want – but only five bites of it – is dangerous because dieters often misinterpret the rule and end up snacking on sweets and other unhealthy foods, as long as you only have “5 bites”. This dangerous diet also advocates skipping breakfast, which is a big no-no for lasting weight loss and health. Eat a well rounded diet instead and definitely practice portion control to maintain your continued weight loss plan.
What to do instead?
If you really want to get on the path to optimal health and lose some weight, do it the right way. Here’s some tips:
- Eat a healthy breakfast every day. If you’re in a rush, try some of our quick and easy recipes here!
- Eat a variety of foods from different sources including fruits, veggies, lean protein, and whole grains.
- Lower your intake of fast food which has lots of saturated fat and sodium. Here’s some easy swaps!
- Limit the amount of sugar in your diet. Use our tips on how to lower this hidden ingredient.
- Exercise on a regular basis. Whether it’s at a gym or an outdoor activity with the family, get moving and watch the pounds drop off!