Debunking Fad Diets

It seems like every week there is a new trendy diet that claims it is all you need to look and feel your best. They seem promising, but they can actually be risky for your health. Many of them are too strict and don't let you eat your favorite foods. This leaves you feeling hungry and longing for that piece of bread, cake, and everything else you're craving.

For example:

You should be eating 1,200 calories a day or less

The average person needs around 2,000 calories a day. It is important to eat enough to keep your body and mind strong and sharp!

Many foods are bad and you should cut them out of your diet completely

There is no such thing as a "good" or "bad" food, just food that should be eaten everyday, and food that should be eaten only sometimes. Never eating your favorite food again is not the answer. Instead, think about if the food is part of Canada's Food Guide. If it is not (like chocolate, donuts, and other baked goods and candies), try cutting down the amount you eat them or the portions. For example, have your favorite donut once a week,or a few times a week but split it with a friend.

Our other customers had great results on this diet, so its definitely healthy

Weight is not the only factor when it comes to health. Just because someone lost weight it doesn't mean they are heathier on the inside. Try using other things to see if the diet is working - for example, if you have more energy, this usually means you are healthier overall.

Detoxes and fat burners are great ways to lose weight fast

These are not scientifically proven and can be very dangerous. Some of the side effects are feeling more tired, and not being able to fight infections as well. There is no need to use these extreme methods, unless a doctor or registered dietitian tells you to.

You don't have to exercise

Physical activity is very important for a healthy, active lifestyle. Not only does it help control your weight, but it helps ward off things like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and keeps your brain sharp!

There are no risks of going on this diet

In most extreme diets there are risks to going on it. Before changing your eating habits, it is always a good idea talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian.

 For more information, go to Dietitians of Canada

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