Let’s face it, there are a million and one diets out there all claiming they are the absolute best… And not to mention all of the marketing ploys in the diet industry to get you to buy ‘their’ brand of food because they are ‘gluten free, no BPA’s added, sugar free and have a label saying it is natural… I hate to break it to you but that is all more than likely a bunch of bull to get you to help them reach their bottom line. I mean, could eating that brand of protein bars really give you abs of steel in just one week? Maybe if you starved yourself and only ate their “natural fat free” bars, but really, who does that! Fitness goals are reached by a balance of healthy dieting and exercise … Take a look at the list below so you can weed through the fakes and the phonies of the diet industry:
If it’s labeled as “natural”, it might not be. When was the last time you saw broccoli being marketed as “all natural”?
Labels like gluten free or dairy free don’t necessarily = healthy. If you have experimented with your diet and learned that you have a sensitivity to something and it doesn’t agree with you, then absolutely cut it out, or cut back on it. But that doesn’t mean that gluten free junk food isn’t exactly that…junk food.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If there was really a secret to six pack abs, don’t you think someone would have spilled the beans by now? Brands don’t sell waist trainers by reminding you that every one is built differently and optimal health looks different on everyone.
Just because Oprah endorses it, doesn’t mean it’s any different than any other diet. I may get some flack for this one but I feel strongly about it. Don’t get me wrong…of course I have great respect and admiration for Oprah. Who doesn’t? And it’s not that I have anything against Weight Watchers in particular. It’s just that…Weight Watchers is still a diet and diets do not work for the long term. It’s not teaching you how to listen to your body and eat mindfully. It’s teaching you that certain foods have certain values. While it may help some people better understand portion control, if you are someone that has chronically struggled with weight loss and food addiction (like Oprah openly has), portion control is probably not something you need to be educated on. It’s much more likely that you are stuck in a cycle of assigning judgment to yourself based on what you eat, which, in turn, leads you to reward and/or punish yourself with food or lack of food. Counting points instead of calories doesn’t change that.
If you are working to add more vegetables (especially green ones) and cut back on processed foods, you are moving in the right direction. Try to pick the highest quality ingredients, whether its chicken or chocolate. Water should make up the majority of your beverage choices. And that pretty much covers the basics. Neither Vegan nor Paleo is a better choice. You need to find the better choice for you.