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Food Trends to Avoid

By Ashley Chapman 

When you are looking to create a lifestyle change, you need to be careful about what you commit to incorporating. That's especially true when it comes to food. Whether it is a diet you saw a friend try or a trend you saw online, there are diet trends you should avoid.   

Cheat Day

Cheat days are one of the most common trends among those trying to lose weight. Cheat days are created for those who are trying to give up a certain food. Once a week, they are allowed to eat that food.

This can be unhealthy, since you are restricting certain foods from your diet. When it comes to trying to lose weight, it is beneficial to make a lifestyle change that includes moderation. When you use moderation, you are more likely to reach your goal. Those who use restriction are more likely to resort to binge eating.

Low-Calorie Foods

Advertisers have learned that people are more prone to buy products if it states "low-calorie" on the packaging. That's because people look at the labeling on the front rather than the ingredients on the nutrition label. Many times foods that are labeled low-calorie may be created with unhealthy alternatives such as extra sugar and preservatives. Before you grab an item that is labeled low-calorie, be sure to check the ingredients first.

Juice Cleanses

A health trend that has been around for a while, juice cleanses have been marketed as a healthy alternative to working out. While you may be getting nutrients such as vitamins and minerals from fruits and vegetables, cleansing can be unhealthy. If you are using cleanses instead of meals, you could be doing more harm than good.

One reason why juice cleanses are not as healthy as you think is because of the natural sugar that is in many fruits and vegetables. If you are choosing to drink juices instead of meals, you may be adding more sugar in your diet. Too much sugar in your diet can increase your chances of gaining weight, although natural sugars in fruit is more healthy than added sugars.

Additionally, you absorb more nutrients from fruits and vegetables when you eat them. You can choose to eat your vegetables raw, saute them, or bake them in the oven to add more flavor to them.

Healthy Ways to Lose Weight

Overall, if you are choosing to lose weight and live a healthier life, there are healthier options than choosing a fad diet.

Some options of trying to start a healthier lifestyle include increasing your physical activity. This can be as small as going on walks once or twice a week. Along with improving your physical activity, what you eat has a huge impact on your weight goals. Meal prepping and cooking dinner at home, as opposed to eating out, will improve your eating habits.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Loganville, Ga .

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