4 Crazy Diet Tips To Avoid At All Costs
I`m guessing if you`ve started to read this article, chances are that you have decided to make a change in your eating habits. The fact that this part of your life is something you would like to improve is admirable.
So many of us get caught up in the fray of every day life that we do not even realise just how poorly our food choices becomes! No matter what kind of job, hobbies or goals you may have, the choices you make when it comes to fuelling your body are the absolute foundation for performance.
That being said, frequent stops at the drive thru on your way home and microwaved “meals” only lead to decreased performance in everything you do as well as you`re overall quality of life.
Given the fact that numerous diets come and go every single day, with one fad diet after another being bombarded at you, this article will not focus on naming specific diets to avoid. Instead, we will discuss four key characteristics of any particular diet you may consider starting that will serve as red flags and warn you to steer well clear! Check out these 4 crazy diet types to avoid at all costs…
1. Extreme Caloric Restriction
One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of fad diets make is encouraging people to drastically reduce their caloric intake from day one. For example, the standard diet usually consists of around 2,000 – 2,500 calories. If any diet instructs you to only consume let’s say, 1,200 calories from the very beginning, forget about it!
This is a fallacy for a couple of reasons. First of all, the most important aspect of any diet you choose to follow is consistency. If you fall off the wagon after a week or so, every eating plan ever created is going to fail. Do you want to know a great way to avoid sticking to a diet? Being miserable will get you there very QUICK!
Another reason this type of diet is a no-no is the bodily response to acute caloric restriction. Sure, reducing your caloric intake is how weight is lost, however this should be done gradually.
Ironically, when you instantly begin eating far less calories than the body is used to, you actually signal a sort of starvation response. Your body is literally hardwired for survival and instead of shedding excess bodyweight, it will literally do everything it can to spare it. The end result being you hungry all the time and still not losing weight.
2. Completely Eliminating A Macronutrient
In case you are not aware, there are three key macronutrients: carbs, protein and fat. Your body needs each of these to repair and carry out vital functions. While it is true that consuming a proper ratio of these nutrients is beneficial, eliminating any of them entirely is a mistake.
Many diets that you are sure to come across will preach the miracle of abstaining from a certain macronutrient for a lengthy period of time. Simply put, if you want to maintain good health, don’t buy into it!
3. Weekly Or Daily “Cheating”
Remember how we talked about the importance of consistency, as it pertains to sticking to a diet? Well here’s the thing…a healthy relationship with food needs to be a lifestyle, not a 6-week crash course. If you notice, a lot of these fad diets basically have you starving yourself or eating things you hate all week before “allowing” you to have a cheat meal or day on the weekend. Essentially, you deprive yourself of enjoying food for days on end and then gorge on an unhealthy feast of your choice for one day.
Make no mistake, one day of stuffing your face with junk food CAN undo an entire week of healthy eating. Your body doesn’t just reset its caloric calculator every morning…there is no “cycle”. Furthermore, this way of eating significantly increases your chances are developing an eating disorder.
4. General Absurdity
Let’s keep this one simple. If a particular diet sounds absolutely ridiculous, then it is. The things you can find out can get crazy. For example, consuming every single meal in liquid form or only eating celery sticks and quinoa for two weeks is not going to magically chisel out your dream body.
Use your own discretion here…and a little common sense. You are not a lab rat taking part in a clinical trial. Any diet you decide to adhere to needs to at least appear reasonable from the get go!