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As dietitians, we tout ourselves to be pursuers of science — but somewhere along the way we've given in to click bait and become beholden to likes and shares.
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We can all breathe a sigh of relief – there's no reason to avoid nutritious foods like whole grains, pulses and seeds.
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The diet industry will constantly tell us that we need to lose weight, sell us a cure that will fail, make us feel like the failures and then sell us something else. STOP! It's not just about losing weight, it's about gaining health, and that's not all about a number on the scale or the size of your jeans.
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I am not arguing that to be successful you need to eradicate unhelpful thoughts, cravings, and urges altogether. That goal is unrealistic and simply sets you up for failure. Having desires makes you human. I love training and I still sometimes want to skip it. Instead, learn how to manage cravings and urges.
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Growing up, food was always a challenging subject in my house. My mother was hospitalized in her 20s with anorexia. As a result of this influence, my diet history - especially in my teenage years - included a variety of low-fat, low-calorie and fad diet plans.
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You'll eat better, feel better and maybe even lose weight.
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Lots of diets sound like they're based on scientific fact, but what happens a lot is that the people promoting these diets tweak good science into big untruths (and sadly, big profits). It's sometimes barely perceptible that this is happening, and it makes their products seem legit when they're totally not. Luckily you've got help now to figure these things out!
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Paleo. Atkins. Zone. Dukan. Bodybuilding. Raw. South Beach. Weight Watchers. If It Fits Your Macros. Carb Backloading. It's fair to assume that every diet you hear about has indeed worked for some people, for without success no diet would ever gain the traction necessary to be known the world over. With that being said, here's the dirty little secret that nobody ever talks about: There is no diet that works for everyone.
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A macronutrient diet is the best diet you could start. It will leave you feeling energized with minimum food cravings and no hunger. Other diets are not as sustainable and are hard to follow. This is because you are forced to give up the foods you love and completely change the way you eat overnight.
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In the span of roughly 50 years, the government and mainstream media condemned dietary fat before making a now near-complete 180. In 2016 butter is no longer bad, and in case you missed the headlines, the U.S. government declared cholesterol no longer "a nutrient of concern for overconsumption" and completely removed it from their dietary guidelines.
With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.
Healthy to me is balance, moderation and not eliminating food groups. It also means not counting calories, partaking in fad diets, detoxing, or three-day juice fasts. I will never become paleo or a vegan. I'll eat whatever makes me feel good, keeps my sensitive tummy happy, and my body full of energy.
Every year new food trends take the stage. As a society we are obsessed with the latest news in health and these trends reflect this. In recent years, we've seen diets such as Paleo and Flexitarian become popular, as well as shows like The Biggest Loser take precedence. Foods such as chia seeds, kale and gluten-free have been in the spotlight. So what will it be this year?
Sales of sugary cereals are declining, purchases of soft drinks have been sagging for some time. Of course, much more needs to change but these and other shifts are causing grumbling in the boardrooms of Junk Food Inc.