Happy New Year! We love the beginning of the year — cuddling up with hot cocoa, taking long walks, enjoying warm meals with family and friends, having game nights, and movie marathons. One thing that we always skip as the new year starts are fad diets. We hope you choose to skip them this year, too, and here are four reasons why.
1. They don’t work.
You can really stop reading here because research shows, time and time again, that fad diets just don’t work. And many do not encourage sustainable habits, so once you’re “done” with the diet you’ll inevitably feel like you’re back at square one.
2. They make you feel bad about yourself.
So often we hear clients say that they failed on their diet. The opposite is actually true — the diet failed them. Instead of focusing on eating as little as possible, or feeling hungry, or removing food groups, try putting a focus on what you can ADD to your daily food routine to increase feelings of satisfaction. Get the most enjoyment out of your meals and snacks with these healthy yet tasty seafood and canned tuna recipes, and feel energized all day long. Adding is way more fun than taking away.
3. They demonize certain foods while creating health halos around others.
Remember the fat-free craze of the 90s? Fat was “bad” and all those green boxes of fat-free cookies lining the grocery shelves were “good”. Or the low carb trend that swept the country in the mid to late 2000s? Now, you’re likely hearing about the ketogenic diet. There’s always a new diet on the horizon and there’s always a new food group to tout or vilify, and if you pay close attention you’ll see these trends repeat themselves every so often. Instead of diving into a trendy fad diet, try our favorite tool for balancing meals…the plate method. Fill half of each meal with veggies, a quarter with higher fiber carbs, and a quarter with protein (fat gets used in the preparation of these components.)
4. They promote restriction (which can lead to an unsatisfying relationship with food).
When you’re told a list of foods is off limits, it becomes difficult not to think about those foods. Many fad diets cut out entire food groups, and this can make you feel deprived and focused on those same foods. It can also make social situations more difficult and less enjoyable. And, it can turn your relationship with food into one that is very unsatisfying and feels almost like a punishment. Nothing about that sounds sustainable or healthy, right? We encourage focusing on what you can add to your daily food choices in order to support and reflect self-love and a sense that you deserve to feel good.
Bonus Tip: Follow along with our weekly #BeeSquadGoals to stay on track with your health and wellness resolutions this New Year.