The American Dietetic Association warns against unhealthy weight-loss plans or difficult to follow: here is how to recognize them.
Discover what are the six warning signs that you have to doubt the goodness of your diet plan, recommended by the American Dietetic Association (ADA).
1. It is too restrictive
A diet is made up of self-discipline and cutting calories. But if it becomes a cage, with lots of rules to follow and few permitted foods, it is probably a bad diet. And it is possible to fail. Giving up favorite dishes, and in full to excessively limit the portions exposed to risk of “overdriving”.
2. Banning whole food groups
The diets that delete entire categories of foods from the menu or, even worse, cancel macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins) must get immediately doubt. The body, in fact, needs all the nutrients to work best.
3. It is the exact opposite of your usual diet
Many people often take a diet out of desperation: they want to change everything immediately. Washing away old habits, and eliminating the flab. Right?… No! Don’t do that way! Say by nutritionists. The risk of abandoning the strict diet is very high: it is better to start with small steps (i.e. how to reduce your portions, decrease the condiments and replace white bread with the integral).
4. Requires complicated preparations
Also pay attention to diet programs that are too complicated: if they provide dishes that take hours to cook, they force you to peel a lot of fruits or require hard to find ingredients, it is likely to be abandoned soon.
5. Provides pre-packaged foods
The goal of a diet is to educate the proper nutrition. Avoid those that provide super-simplified menu or pre-packaged products. You may lose a few pounds, but you will not have learned anything about how to eat and cook in a healthy manner.
6. Promises miraculous results
Remember: to lose pounds and get in shape, not just cut calories. We must also change the life style, starting with the exercise. It’s hard, but it works: usually, with a balanced program, you lose one to two pounds a week. If a diet promises you miraculous results, it is probably not correct.
Source: American Dietetic Association (ADA)