It’s hard to avoid the newest diet secret. Different theories are everywhere and when you see that people get mind blowing results from these diet trends, you want it too.
Most “miracle diets” share 90 percent of common ideas (creating a vicious cycle of anxiety and learned helplessness about food and weight loss) and 10 percent are just miserable battles that are completely unnecessary.
Restrictive diets that follow rigid guidelines make you miserable and if you decide to stop it, you are usually back to square one. “Miracle diets” cause a vicious cycle of anxiety about foods and a learned helplessness of living a healthy life style.
Growing up in the 80’s, Americans used to think eating fat was making us obese. So low fat food was the way of living. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a miracle diet because the obesity rate increased rapidly (loading food with SUGAR) and sadly, the fear of fat is still around today.
Today, people are gluten free, soy free, dairy free, carb free, wheat free, etc. Food allergies are real and these “free” diets should be based on individual needs and what works best for you. There is a SMALL portion of the population that have real allergies or sensitivities towards these foods.
From my experience with my clients, most people that eliminate a food group, need to for health reasons and have had amazing success with them. They do not do it to lose weight. Gluten, soy, dairy, carbs, wheat, etc. all have nutritious value to them, so if you are wanting to explore with eliminating one for health reasons, go for it! But if you are doing it for a quick fix or because your friend had success, know that everyone is different and you may not get the same results.
As you see, there is a trend of eliminating food with weight loss cures. Most “miracle diets” share 90 percent of common ideas (creating a vicious cycle of anxiety and learned helplessness about food and weight loss) and 10 percent are just miserable battles that are completely unnecessary. Remember that most weight loss companies are trying to make a quick dollar (or millions), so the next elimination diet will always be around and they will always have “miracle” theories (and results) to prove it.
If you want to lose weight, eat real food and work hard. Find activities that you love and eat the food pyramid: Proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats (plus a treat is ok too). Life is about balance, not restricting and giving yourself complexes about food groups. So, the next time you read about the next miracle weight loss diet, think about it. If you truly believe it’s the right plan for you, plus it’s going to give you a positive, healthy outcome, then go for it.
There are so many ways to eat to get the body you want. The best “diet” for you may not be the ideal one for your workout buddy and both can be right! Ultimately, it’s about finding what works for you and how you feel. When in doubt, eat healthy and get some good old fashioned exercise!