There are alarming amounts of information available regarding nutrition, health and weight loss – a lot of it contradictory. For statements or guidelines to be made, there needs to be extensive research and case studies. The best way to try decipher the truth from the hype is to consider the source of the information – information should be evidence-based.
Stay away from diets that:
- Promise a quick fix.
- Recommend miraculous fat-burning effects of foods (e.g. grapefruit).
- Promote the avoidance or severe limitation of a whole food group and suggest large doses of vitamin and mineral supplements as a replacement.
- Promote eating mainly one type of food (e.g. cabbage soup).
- Suggest easy, rapid weight loss (more than 1 kg a week).
- Recommend eating foods only in particular combinations.
- Make claims that sound too good to be true.
- Focus heavily on appearance rather than health benefits.
These types of diet do not provide a sustainable approach, this makes your progress and weight loss difficult to maintain. In the end it is best to make a lifestyle change that you can sustain – this makes it much easier to maintain your healthy weight!