The Real Deal with (Fad) Dieting
It’s easy to fall into the false promises of fad diets, but these plans don’t deliver real and lasting health benefits. Erin Thornton, a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with Aramark, gives her tips on how you can spot fad diets a mile away and establish healthy, lifelong habits instead.
Avoid Too Good to Be True
Many diets force drastic changes with the promise of immediate weight loss. “Any weight loss you experience is likely due to extreme calorie restriction that is unsustainable,” Erin notes. Detoxes and cleanses are popular examples to avoid. Instead of radically reducing your food intake in the short-term, discover the optimal number of calories you should be consuming daily.
Practice Better Balance
It’s common for fad diets to label certain food groups as “off-limits.” This can result in nutrient deficiencies, fatigue, and a slowed metabolism. Erin says it’s all about choosing a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy. “Establishing a well-rounded foundation is going to take you further than any fad diet ever could,” Erin insists.
Work It Out
Remember it’s not all about the food you consume! “Exercise is a cornerstone of any healthy lifestyle,” Erin says. Establishing a routine for regular physical activity is a great way to achieve your goals and reduce stress. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Find a workout class or walking route that gets you excited to exercise!
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.