The 101 On Which Diets To Avoid


There is an infinite number of diets that can be found on the internet presently, and a very small percentage of them actually work. Instead of trying everything that comes your way and resembles a good dietary practice you should check out, think about it for a second.

Your body doesn’t like to be messed around with too much when it comes to nutrition, so diet hoping isn’t something that will give you any permanent results. Diets in themselves are very constricting, they are not a permanent solution and probably won’t become your eating routine. That is why many dietitians actually propose  having a nutrition regime that will become a part of your everyday life, where everything is more or less allowed, provided that it’s good for your metabolism (yes, that even means spending your Sunday with ice cream by the TV, but occasionally, not every Sunday).

However, if you’re determined to pursue a certain diet, go for it, just be aware of certain downfalls you may encounter on the way. Here are some easy tips that will help you decide whether the diet you’re thinking about trying is worth your time.

Start With The Title

Many have said that it’s not a very good idea to judge a book by its covers, but the all that changed with the internet. With this tip, the principle is quite straight forward – if what you read tells you something vague like “This diet will change your life!” chances are that you will find the same vagueness in the text that follows this silly title. A lot of these titles are targeted at people who don’t really know what they want and have a proclivity for everything that sounds “new agey”.

Many of these diets promise results that can’t in any way be measured or tested, which means, you can’t really tell if they’re working. “Workout for your third chakra” or “nutrition that will help you open your third eye” isn’t something you can keep a track of. If you want a diet that will actually help you achieve your goals, take a careful look at how many visible and measurable results it offers. You should be informed about your own body, your intolerances and needs, but at the same time, know the basics of proper nutrition like what adequate hydration is and how you should predominantly eat. These basics will help you determine more easily which diet can benefit you, and what is just plain ridiculous.

Promises, Promises!

You’ve probably heard this one before, but when it comes to getting your body in shape and keeping it healthy, nothing happens overnight. You will need to change your lifestyle, not just couple of things about it, if you want to get positive and permanent results.

Claims that sound too good to be true, like looking 10 pounds in 24 hours, probably are. Your body and the way it functions can’t change dramatically in a day, and there is no diet that can promise you this. The way your body changes over time can be slower or faster, but don’t be fooled by the notions that you can fix your skin or your weight in the blink of an eye. If you still feel like you would like to try it out, think about this – How long did it take you to get your body in the shape it is now? More or less, your whole life. So you can be sure that you can’t just change it miraculously overnight. Talk to the people you know that achieved the goal you’re striving for and ask them what their regime was. We’re willing to bet that you won’t get many tips about dramatic shortcuts.

Steer Clear Of Anything In Pill Form!

As soon as you see that a diet is telling you to substitute fresh produce with some kind of powder or pills, don’t go down that path. Nothing can replace fresh fruit and vegetables, and this is something you should always keep in mind. Why should you drink an extract of something in the form of a powder, when you can eat the fresh fruit and actually get much more nutrients, not to mention that your body will react better to anything fresh than to some kind of processed “wonder in a pill”. You want a boost for your metabolism? Just incorporate as much as raw ingredients into your diet and watch your body thank you for it.

Like we mentioned earlier, eating well is a habit, not bursts of resolve that later melt away into a mist of delicious carbs and sugars. If you want to stay healthy, make sure you start loving what you eat and eating what your body loves so that it rewards you with optimal health and great shape.

Monica Nichols is a 32-year-old fashion designer and freelance writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She's been writing for since 2014, and in her free time she likes making pottery and playing with her pet cat.

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