The Worst Diet Advice According to Nutritionists

  • Everybody seems to be an expert with regards to giving advice on diets and weight loss.
  • Nutritionists say that you shouldn’t waste your time, energy, or money on bogus diet advice.
  • It is always best to consult with a health or medical expert before taking any supplement.

Here are the 10 Worst Diet Advice Nutritionists Have Ever Heard:

1. “The fewer calories, the better”

Samantha Heller, senior clinical nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center and author of The Only Cleanse says, that Fasting can put your body in starvation mode and makes your body overeat.  When you go on low-calorie diets, you lose muscles, fluid, and fat and when you overeat, you gain the fat back.

2. “Eat six small meals a day”

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Registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, manager of wellness nutrition services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute says that small proportions should be clearly defined as it varies from one person to another.  Although small meals help keep hunger and blood and sugar levels stable, it does not have any effect on weight loss as per one Canadian study in the British Journal of Nutrition.

3. “Load up on supplements to burn fat”

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Registered dietitian Shannon Giese clinical dietitian at University of Kansas Hospital says that before taking any supplements, consult with your doctor what would work best for you and take into consideration current medication to avoid negative impacts.

4. “A daily tablespoon of coconut oil helps shed pounds”

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Heller says that “Not only is there no science to support that, but coconut oil is saturated fat. As far as we know, it has very similar effects of other saturated fats like lard.” A tablespoon of coconut oil is 117 calories and 12 grams of saturated fat.  Coconut oil may have antioxidants but eating whole grains, vegetables, and fruits is a better source.

5. “A big breakfast is important”

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Breakfasts are full of carbohydrates, according to Kirkpatrick. Eat a regular-sized breakfast with protein instead to combat cravings throughout the day. Bean breakfast burrito, an egg or Greek yogurt are good breakfast examples.

6. “Detox to lose weight fast”

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Heller says “There is no current scientific evidence that suggests juicing, special herbal blends, or other ‘detoxes’ cleanse the body of anything.” The body naturally detoxes itself 24/7.

7. “Eliminate carbs! Or fat!”

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Kirkpatrick says, “When you eliminate either fats or carbohydrates, you’re probably eating way too much of what’s left over.” The key is to have a balanced diet. Instead of cutting carbs and fats, eat lean meats and low-fat dairies instead.

8. “Use an app to balance exercise with diet”

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Kirkpatrick says, “Apps can sometimes report more calories than you actually burned, and people will say, ‘Yes, I exercised today so now I can have whatever I want. I tell clients not to track exercise on apps. When people stop tracking the exercise, they start losing weight.”

9. “Have this food every day”

cabbage soup

Giese says, “You’re cutting out a lot of different nutrients that other foods can offer and can make your diets can become repetitious and dull, and you want to enjoy your meal plan so you can stick with it.”

Do not believe in just cabbage soup.

10. “Swap meals with juice to lose weight”

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Kirkpatrick says, “Juice is one of the most worthless foods on the face of the Earth. There’s really no benefit to it, it is high in sugar, and there’s a benefit to eating and chewing your calories.”

According to a published study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, participants who chew their food more, they ate 15 percent less food and 112 lesser calories.

Source: Best Health Mag

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