We all have access to and receive nutrition information from a variety of sources, sometimes without even consciously realising it. These sources are more often than not marketing companies or individuals that promote unproven healthy products which carry attractive claims for “burning fat”, “detoxing your bodies”, “flattening your stomachs” or “losing weight fast”.
Naturally, we are drawn to these claims, as the promises are appealing especially if we are battling to lose weight. I would love to tell you that these claims are true and that they are solutions to the weight problems that you may be experiencing. But they aren’t. Unfortunately. They are food fads.
According to the American Dietetic Association, “food fads involve unreasonable or exaggerated beliefs that foods or supplements or their components may cure disease, convey special health benefits or offer quick weight loss.” They tend to look at restricting certain food types or food groups and coax us to drink certain drinks, concentrate on certain “superfoods” and leave out entire food groups in our diets.
If you follow these food fads chances are that your body will experience some change. You could lose weight, quickly too, but the reasons are probably because you are starving yourself. Believe it or not, our bodies are able to detox themselves. Our liver, lungs and lymphatic systems were designed to help remove potentially harmful chemicals efficiently and successfully. We do not need a juice, food or supplement to do this for us.
You are much better off following a well-balanced diet which provides protein, unsaturated fats, fibre, starches, vitamins and minerals to keep the body – and your immune system, the biggest protector from ill-health – functioning perfectly. Exercise is also key to ensure you stay happy and healthy.
If a diet solution sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Contact us to discuss balanced solutions and guidance tailor-made for you.