Weight loss and improved whole-body health are the top reason people turn to fad diets. While your current dietary choices may be too high in sugar and processed foods most trending diets are unhealthy. Long-term, many are downright dangerous.
Our bodies require a diverse range of vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients. When you switch to a diet that embraces extreme limitations of whole foods, such as grains or legumes—and suggest high quantities of animal protein there can be some dangerous side effects. For example, due to the lack of dietary fiber chronic constipation is a common side effect of the low carb. Diets that eliminate dairy remove your primary source of calcium, which can lead to muscle cramps, weakness, decreased bone health, increased dental health concerns, and more. Instead, you should be eating the rainbow with a well-balanced mix of fruits, veggies, healthy carbs, dairy, and lean proteins.
Sometimes our dietary choices are related more to ethics than health, which is a common reason many become pescatarians, vegetarians, vegans, or raw foodies. While you can certainly nourish your body with these ethically driven dietary choices most are adopted without understanding how to replace the nutrients lost from animal sources. It is not uncommon for full-time raw foodies to be extremely underweight and for vegans to be iron and protein deficient. On the flip side, since ethics is the goal, not health, many turn to high-sugar processed foods that can lead to weight gain, decrease their immunity, and degrade their overall health. If you are going to switch to low-or-no animal products it must be done with a plan in place to maintain your essential nutrients.
Beyond chronic constipation which we mentioned above, extreme diets often eliminate foods that include natural prebiotics and probiotics. At the top of this lists are diets that remove dairy. When your gut microbes are out of balance it can cause bloating, gas, acid reflux, mood swings, decreased immunity, insomnia and more.
PNC advocates for personalized nutrition that is catered to the unique needs of each client we serve. We build your diet around foods you already enjoy and encourage moderation of foods that fad diets eliminate. We teach you how to eat to do more than lose or maintain weight, but to improve sleep, boost your energy, increase immunity, balance your hormones, improve athletic performance, minimize chronic health conditions, and more. If you are tired of yo-yo dieting and the irritability that comes with extreme diets reach out to Personalized Nutrition Concepts to learn a new way to nourish your body!