Debunking The Diet Fads

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Diet FadsDiet Fads

By Melissa Williams

  1. Carbs are bad. This one is my biggest pet peeve as our bodies need carbohydrates to function properly. We need it for energy, for brain function and for exercise. Fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates, but whole grains and beans provide excellent sources as well. Plus, low-carb diets tend to make you constipated.
  2. Oh, Paleo. I have a lot of friends and family who like the Paleo diet, but years ago I wrote an article on this way of eating and even then the science wasn’t there. We don’t live like Cavemen. We aren’t hunting and gathering for our food. Paleo takes a lot of enjoyment out of eating and also eliminates foods that have been proven to be healthy for most of us, including lentils, beans and whole grains. If you like Paleo, it isn’t going to hurt you although some nutritionists do note that it could leave you with a deficiency of certain nutrients.
  3. Juicing is necessary to lose weight. Juicing actually isn’t necessary, and really neither is a cleanse. These types of things can make us feel better because we’re emphasizing whole and real foods, but in the end our diets also need to include fats, fiber and protein.
  4. Fat is bad. This one is definitely on its way out. Our bodies need fat to feel satiated and to keep our brain functioning. We need fat to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. And if you look to the research, diets higher in fat (i.e. Mediterranean diets) tend to demonstrate lower incidences of heart disease. So enjoy your food and use a moderate amount of fat and skip the fat-substitutes.

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