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Fad diets may be wrong turn on road to weight loss

Fad diets come and go with the seasons, but according to a Baylor College of Medicine dietitian, they may do more harm than good.

HOUSTON – Fad diets come and go with the seasons, but according to a Baylor College of Medicine dietitian, they may do more harm than good.

“Any diet that selectively eliminates whole groups of foods creates a nutrient hole that’s hard to fill,” said Roberta Anding, a registered dietitian at BCM.

Eliminating carbohydrates, for example, starves the body of essential “nutrient heroes” such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These foods contain invaluable phytonutrients.

Detoxification diets such as colon cleanses and juice fasts are trendy right now, Anding said, but they could have a negative effect on the body because they don’t offer enough protein.

Not all nutrition fads are harmful, however. A rising – and healthy – craze in the Houston area and elsewhere are meals-to-go restaurants such as My Fit Foods, Balance Meals to Go and several others.

“It’s a grownup version of fast food for people who don’t know how to portion food or are too busy to cook and they want something healthy and fast,” she said.

Another healthy way to lose weight is to follow the government’s new MyPlate plan. The plan can be found at www.myplate.gov. The MyPlate plan recommends filling half your dinner plate with fruits and vegetables, along with a fourth of a plate of grains and a fourth of a plate of lean protein.


 

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