You don’t have to look too far to see the latest diet gimmicks promising quick and easy weight loss. To set things straight, we’ve debunked some of the most popular weight-loss tricks that frequently backfire
EATING “CLEAN” ALL OF THE TIME
Swearing off sweets and junk food, eliminating processed foods and getting back to the basics with nutrition all sound like a great game plan – and it’s what many aspire to do; however, eating this way 100% of the time just isn’t realistic for the long haul.
Instead of setting unachievable eating expectations, consider following a moderation approach to wellness: Eat more whole, minimally processed foods 80% of the time, and keep your diet more flexible 20% of the time
EATING A LOW-CARB DIET
Cutting carbs can be a quick weight-loss strategy for some because it eliminates many highly processed or sugary foods, snacks and drinks from the diet.
However, most people don’t know that much of the initial weight loss is simply water weight, since carbohydrates cause the muscle to retain water. Maintaining a very low-carb diet is difficult and not sustainable for most, which is why that weight returns so quickly once carbohydrate consumption resumes.
And remember, there are lots of “good carbs” that are critical to your success, such as fruits, veggies, beans, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, etc. Basically, anything that’s “natural” (picked form the ground or a tree), not processed.