Diet fads are one thing to me; fads. They are a complete joke the health industry uses to make billions of dollars by recycling old trends or engineering some crazy off-shoot for the novelty effect. However, because I know how full of crap they are, they don’t really bother me; I can ignore them. What bothers me is how people can STILL believe it. This industry preys on people with a serious emotional, psychological and physical problem. There are no magic pills or diet plans that will give you an overnight “cure” for your weight issues WITHOUT massive, disproportionate repercussions. For example…
Want to shred up in a matter of weeks and lose 30 lbs? Take amphetamines. (If you’re okay with a potential heart attack.)
Want to think like you’re going to lose weight really fast? Go on a restricted calorie diet. (If you’re okay with your body going into starvation mode and trying to conserve energy by holding on to fat cells. Oh, and literally starving yourself.)
Want to lose weight the “healthy” way by “detoxing”? Go on a juice cleanse. (If you’re okay with skyrocketing blood sugar levels, tremendous mood swings, nutrient deficiencies, fatigue and chronic hunger.)
Whew. Thanks for letting me get that out of my system. I could go on and on.
Anyways, what tipped me over the edge lately was my Mom telling me she saw someone on a reality show (here we go) who said they lost 300 lbs by going on a Gluten-free and Dairy-free diet. Now, I won’t argue the benefits associated with this and actually believe eliminating certain dairy and “gluten”-containing products from your diet will no doubt help you lose weight. What bothers me is these fad terms we throw around which brainwash people into believing this is the no-fail-must-do-diet-of-RIGHT-NOW. Then anything they see, hear or watch associated with these terms becomes a must-have or “good”.
If we break it down (removing the issue of gluten allergies or intolerances), going on a “gluten-free” diet, for example, is going to work, not because of cutting out gluten, per se, but by cutting out certain products containing gluten and wheat. Take a minute and think of all the products gluten and wheat are in. Just in case you had trouble here’s an introductory list:
Anything that contains…
- White Flour
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Durum Wheat
- Graham Flour
- Wheat Germ
- Wheat Bran
So common foods usually containing this are…
- Flour Tortillas
And ahh, the gluten surprises!
- broth in soups and bouillon cubes
- breadcrumbs and croutons
- some candies
- fried foods
- imitation fish
- some lunch meats and hot dogs
- modified food starch
- seasoned chips and other seasoned snack foods
- salad dressings
- self-basting turkey
- soy sauce
- seasoned rice and pasta mixes
( Source: http://bit.ly/1avc0lD)
Now, this is just your gluten-free list. The person also claimed to cut out dairy. Take another minute to think of common dairy products you encounter in your foods and drinks on a daily basis.
So basically, you’re telling me by cutting out cake, muffins, cookies, milkshakes, ice cream, XXXL Lattés, etc., I will lose weight!?
It is not rocket science. Let’s take a look at what food this does leave us with? Fresh foods like protein sources, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and grains like quinoa or rice. I’m not a nutritionist or dietician, nor do I claim to be. However, I had been doing diet fads (sadly) since I was 13 years old but smartened up a few years back. After a few years of maintaining a healthy weight, good energy, and getting to know and listen to my body better than ever, I believe I have figured out what you need to do in order to live a healthy, high energy existence that will promote good health and longevity – stripped down from all fancy-dancy trendy fad names, scams or brands. Ready for it!?
Eat Balanced. Eat Healthy.
Let that resonate for a second; it’s just that simple. I would really like to emphasize that issues in life can typically be boiled down to diverging from your centre, your balance. If you do have a weight issue, chances are (outside of a medical condition) it is because you are eating too much, not eating the right stuff, are not exercising enough or all 3; ie: unbalanced.
Wasn’t the elixir you were looking for? If you’re still reading, un-brainwash yourself, stop throwing away your money to diet fads and give my prescription a try. It’s FREE! Enjoy high-nutrient foods most of the time and have your treats every now and then. Incorporate exercise most days doing things you love, and ask friends to join you. There is no right/wrong/must-do plan you need to follow; figure out what plan is right for you and enjoy your life.