Navigating the Complex World of Dieting

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The diet industry is complex and ever-changing. There are countless fad diets claiming to be the key to weight loss. However, many of them come with hidden complications and even serious risks.

We’re breaking down some important guidelines for anyone navigating the overwhelming world of dieting.

Do Your Research

Before you commit to any major diet or nutritional plan, it’s important to do your research. You will need to understand the nutritional value of what you’re consuming, what you’ll be leaving out, and how it will affect your overall health and body. Taking this first step will help you properly assess your various options and decide what’s best for you.

After you’ve done your own research, it’s also very important to consult your primary care doctor. They will be able to share their assessment of the plan from a holistic, medical perspective.

Be Aware of Dieting Fads and Myths

Another benefit of doing research is to help to identify dangerous diet fads and myths. For example, while the very popular “Keto diet” may work for some, this high-fat, low-carb plan has actually increased heart issues for others. Similarly, the claims that a “juice cleanse” can clean your colon and reset your appetite is inaccurate and a dangerous way to lose weight.

The key to identifying an unhealthy diet trend is finding credible sources that have reviewed the plan’s safety and efficacy. If you can’t but are still eager to try it, speak with your primary care physician for a tailored assessment.

Aim for a Balanced Diet

No diet is as good as just eating a healthy mix of the key food groups. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, the US Department of Health has a “Dietary Guide for Americans” that is backed by medical research.

If you’re looking for a quicker take on keeping a balanced diet, here are some suggestions:

  • Avoid over-processed, salty, and sugary foods.
  • Eat more fresh veggies and fruits.
  • Make sure to add protein to your diet in the form of chicken, turkey, and other non-red meat-based options.
  • Dairy is also good, but make sure to try your best to avoid options overloaded with sugar.
  • Don’t totally toss out carbs. Carbs are healthy too! Just pick healthier options, like brown rice or oatmeal over white rice and bread.
  • If you can avoid all the bad stuff, that is great. But don’t kill yourself taking away all your favorite comforts and snacks. Remember to enjoy eating too!
  • Another key is eating healthier is portions. Eat your favorite snacks and guilty pleasures with controlled portions, and they can still be in your life.

If you’re struggling to identify and maintain a healthy diet, know you’re not alone. With rampant misinformation, tough social pressures, and expensive grocery lists to contend with, sometimes professional help is needed. Don’t be afraid to speak with your primary care physician, or even reach out to a nutritionist to see if they can help develop the best plan for you.

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