Makeover Monday: Diet Fads that Don’t Work!

Don’t fall into these ineffective diet fad traps!

With so much information out there telling you about “miracle” weight loss, it can be challenging to know what to try and what to dismiss. Sometimes health tips that seem legit are just as ineffective as those that are obviously wrong! So many people try crash dieting or fads and trends to try to shed unwanted weight, but Precise Portions offers another solution. Our enthusiastic and supportive community is dedicated to gradual and sustainable weight loss through exercise, health habits, and well-controlled portion sizes for both children and adults. We are here to debunk dieting myths and fads, and arm you with the information you need to achieve sustainable health and weight loss!

Gluten Free

While some individual with specific dietary needs – like those with Celiac Disease – can benefit from a reduced-gluten diet, some sources will tell you to go gluten free to lose weight when you don’t have any dietary restrictions.

While the basis of this is rooted in good thinking: reducing your intake of process carbohydrates, the result is that you stop eating healthy, whole-grain, high-fiber foods that your body needs to properly process other foods. Instead of cutting gluten, try cutting processed white breads, heavy pastas and rice, and any other low fiber carbohydrate products that you’re consuming. You’ll see a significant impact without losing your healthy grains!

Swearing Off ALL Sweets

Like the previous tip, eliminating sweets from your diet can be a major benefit. The issue comes when people swear off all sugars, including fructose. I have heard so many people say that they won’t eat many fruits – like raspberries, banana, and apples, because they’re so high in sugar.

This is one of the most pervasive myths! The sugar in fruits, or fructose, is very good for you and can even play a critical role in digestion. Be sure to continue including a good amount of fruit in your daily diet – and maybe even a piece of dark chocolate every now and then is okay!

Snacking vs. Meals

While we believe that you should eat at the times that are best for your body, we want to make sure that you’re not forgetting the most critical diet component: PORTIONS! When you snack throughout the day, sometimes you feel like you’re eating much less than you actually are. Be sure that you’re continuing to monitor the amount of food your eating, along with the time of day and food quality. This will ensure that you are able to stay on track with your caloric goals.

Low-Fat Foods

The grocery store shelves are stocked to the rafters with foods boasting “1/3 less fat!” or “Fat Free”. There are a few key points to keep in mind when picking up these foods, assuming that less fat = healthier.

First, when they take the fat out of a food the structure of that food is significantly altered. In order to make the food look and taste similar, they pump it full of preservatives, fillers, and fat substitutes, which are often more unhealthy than the initial dosage of fat would have been!

Second, fat does not turn directly in to fat. It performs several critical functions in the body and understanding that you need a certain amount of fat intake daily is so important. Just don’t go overboard!

 

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