It’s been quite some time since everyone celebrated and welcome the year 2022. While the year has graced us with the gift of a healthy body, we must also be able to take care of it and free it of any ailments that might occur owing to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Apart from the pandemic, what worries a dietitian today are the numerous diet scams that not only drain one’s energy and time but also their bank account with empty promises. While diet culture is essential to be followed, ensure you are always following a dietitian’s recommendation instead of following FAD diets on the internet blindly.
Diet trends are short-lived and definitely not result-oriented. You might follow it with rigour one day and feel demotivated by the next few weeks given you won’t see any efficient changes in your body. You will continue this cycle every time you follow a diet trend from the internet without knowing the practical reasoning and efficacy of it, or without the advice of a dietitian.
Dietitian Priyatama Srivastava- the best dietitian in Delhi NCR and Gurgaon, renders life-transforming dietary solutions with her services and has touched the lives of numerous clients who are now living a healthy and happy life. Being an experienced and efficient dietitian and also the mother of her brainchild Go Moringa – nutriclinic, Dietitian Priyatama has compiled a list of diet trends that you must beware of and stay away from this year:
Detox diets and cleanses are one of the most popular diet trends that have been doing the rounds for quite some time. While many celebrities and Instagram influencers have been all praises about it, these diets have also been highlighted by Google trends as one of the terms frequently linked with the word “diet”.
Detox diets and cleanses consist of a Lemon diet, Master cleanse diet, coffee enemas and juice cleanse. While detox diets are mostly fad diets based on the logic of toxins making us gain weight, this theory is not backed by science of any sort.
Yes, it’s true that we absorb toxins from water, food and air in our everyday lives, however, the human body has natural detoxification processes that work 24×7 like our liver and kidneys that clear up toxins as a part of their mechanism. A detox diet is not having to drink and cleanse various kinds of juices, but it is staying away from caffeine, alcohol, sugar and processed foods.
According to many reviews and studies, detox diets may help people lose weight due to the fact that there is food restriction when on a detox diet however eating a normal diet might cause regaining the lost weight.
Ketogenic diet known as the popular keto diet is just as harmful to the body as depriving yourself of nutrients in the long run. The keto diet is a high-fat diet that restricts carb intake and it aims at getting 75% calories from fat, 20% from protein and only 5-10% from carbs.
The short term adverse effect of keto is known as the keto flu, the symptoms of which are:
Fatigue, Headache, Dizziness, Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, and a low tolerance for exercise like activities.
While the advantages of a keto diet have been widely seen and discussed, following the diet for the long term is a huge issue.
Meal replacement bars and shakes aim to replace one or more of our daily meals. These replacements contain fewer calories but can be high in sugar or fat. While they claim to provide all essential nutrients that a proper meal gives us, there is no scientific proof of the same.
These diet shakes that act as meal replacements are high in protein and consumption of too much protein can result in a negative impact on health. Meal replacements are not considered healthy as a long term eating strategy because they are not nutritionally balanced.
And you’re at more risk of harming yourself if you use these products as a replacement for all your meals hence consuming them throughout the day.
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The major disadvantage of these diet trends is that they’re very restrictive or stress on replacement which is why the concept of eating whatever you want as long as you burn double the calories seems appealing to many.
While these eating plans might look like a healthy alternative, they might bring the consequences of damaging your relationship with food which can result in eating disorders like binge eating. Hence it is advisable to consult a qualified and experienced dietitian who caters to your needs of body transformation and switching to a healthy lifestyle by curating diets that are made according to your body, underlying conditions as well as your likes and dislikes. Dietitian Priyatama Srivastava not only does the mentioned but also renders easy to follow and result-oriented diets.