3 Diets to Avoid

To many people, an intense diet can seem like a fast ticket to a better body. However, many diets are very flawed, and can end up backfiring and hurting your body. There are many diet fads that have come and gone, but when making a lifestyle change it is important to create your new diet around a plan that is healthy and maintainable. Here are the top 3 diets with that are flawed and the reasons why.

Low-Fat Diets

Of course eating high-fat foods everyday is not good for you, but making the transition to low-fats is not necessarily the answer. There is a myth that trans fat is somehow considered healthier. 


As a result some foods have been deemed healthy, like pasta or bagels. Even more so, there are now several low-fat options for food. You can find ice cream, cookies, cheese, and more with the label “low-fat.”  However, what low-fat foods lack in fat, they make up for two-fold in sugar and carbohydrates. And sugar, is what really packs on the pounds.

Low-Carb Diets

One of the most popular low-carb diets is the Atkins diet. It was a quick and effective way to drop pant sizes, but people were so carb-starved they found it hard to stick to the program. 


Effects of low carb diets are very short term, and some encourage an extreme avoidance of carbs and even some fruits and vegetables.A diet too extreme in the lack of carbs can leave you deprived of the proper nutrients. A better solution is to get one-third of your calories from fat, one-third from sugar, and one-third from carbohydrates. It’s okay if you take in more carbs, because many carbs come from the right places such as whole grains, yogurt, fruits and vegetables.

Gluten Free Diets

The trend of going gluten free arised about 10 years ago, and it is now seen as a full blown dieting method. People everywhere are ditching wheat, rye, and barley. 


However, the need to be gluten free is truly only a medical necessity for people dealing with celiac disease, which is a serious autoimmune condition. Now certain diets and foods are being marketed as “gluten free” in attempt to capitalize on weight loss. But, as we have previously seen before, gluten free products have even more sugar and calories than their counterparts. In addition, getting rid of wheat, rye, and barley eliminates great sources of fiber, minerals, and protein.


Getting healthy and changing your life is not simply about picking a diet. It’s about a full lifestyle change that includes changing the way you view food, and finding an exercise routine to accompany this, that is just right for you. Neighbors Emergency Center supports your start to a healthier lifestyle. Check our Facebook page to stay updated on what Neighbors is doing and new center openings. With our 24-hour emergency rooms throughout the Houston metro area, we can treat you quickly and effectively so you can get back to doing what you love.

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