Atkins. Zone. Keto. South Beach. Paleo. I’m sure you’ve heard of at least one if not all of these diets. What about the following diets, have you ever heard of them? Can you guess which one isn’t a real diet?

  • Macrobiotic
  • Cabbage Soup
  • Paleolithic
  • Fruitarianism
  • Bible
  • Shangri-La
  • Fletcherizing
  • Breatharianism
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Tapeworm

So, did you figure it out? Which one is a made up diet? If you guess none of them, congratulations! That’s right, all of those diets were or are real diets that people followed. In case you haven’t guessed today’s post is Dieting vs. Eating Healthy.

Dieting has been around a long time as an “easy” way to lose weight, and that is the main issue with most diets – there is no “easy fix”. The focus of the diet is not eating healthy or have balanced meals, it is about losing weight. As we discussed in our last post, 70% of achieving your goals is eating healthy and this is far more important than cutting out carbs or fats or whatever the latest fad diet is. Dieting can also be harmful because you don’t always get the required nutrients you body needs and by cutting out certain foods, you may find yourself craving them and then binging on them. Instead of cutting out certain foods, it’s a lot healthier to have everything in moderation. That is where Clean Meals comes in, we will work with you to make sure you have a variety of options to satisfy those cravings and ensure you are getting proper nutrients.

By ensuring you eat healthy, your body receives all it’s required nutrients and you don’t have to cut out certain foods or food groups – it’s all about balance. I’m sure we’ve all seen ads or marketing on diets and how they can be successful, however, time and time again the research proves that dieting is not the answer. In 2007, UCLA researched reported in an issue of American Psychologist, “You can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight on any number of diets, but then the weight comes back.” Traci Mann, the lead author of the study also reported, “We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority. Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.” This is not the only study that shows that dieting is not the solution; in 2016 The New York Times cited a diet industry report that read, “In 2002, 231 million Europeans attempted some form of diet. Of these only 1 percent will achieve permanent weight loss.”

Dieting may seem like an appealing “quick fix”, however, in the long run you are just as likely to return to your original weight if not a heavier one. The real solution is eating healthy and making sure you’re not depriving your body of important nutrients. There are a lot of risks that can be associated with dieting including:

  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Metabolic Problems
  • Muscle Loss

The above are just some of the risks involved with diets. Instead of taking the risk, let Clean Meals build a healthy eating plan that meets your needs. Whether you are vegan, a meat-lover, or want a little bit of both, Clean Meals has a diverse menu that is sure to keep you feeling full without the risks of dieting.

No matter what your goals are, be sure to keep in mind that eating healthy and a balance of diet and exercise is the most trusted way to lose weight, feel healthy, have a lot of energy and otherwise enjoy life. Beware of any fads promising extreme weight loss and stick to a healthy diet consisting of vital nutrients; this is the surest way to achieve your goals.