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They may be trendy, but effective...these diets are not.

Do fad diets really work? As new diets pop up left and right, it's key to remember what a fad is. Temporary, followed for a period of time because it is perceived as popular. Thus a fad diet doesn't mean it is truly the best ever or will work for you and your body. We've put together a list of six fad diets you should take off your to-do list now, and instead get back to regular exercise and eating right. 

The Baby Food Diet 

On this diet, you are supposed to substitute breakfast and lunch for some yummy, mushy baby food and enjoy a low-calorie dinner later. But, not only does this not taste so great, the calories on certain baby foods are higher than others. Also if you don’t get enough calories, your body will have a lack of energy to run off of.  

The Sleeping Beauty Diet 

Yes, there is actually a diet where people sleep for days on end. Somehow it made sense to think we lose weight while we are asleep so why not just take a bunch of sedatives, sleep and burn calories? No! This is not effective and also dangerous. It starves the body and can cause muscle deterioration from a lack of movement and even death! 

The Cotton Ball Diet 

This diet, where people soak orange juice in cotton balls and eat them, was born on YouTube and other social media outlets. We hope you don’t try this at home. It is an incredibly dangerous way to suppress your appetite. It will deprive your body of proper nutrients and can cause blockages in your intestines. Plus, you may think these balls are made of cotton but they are also composed of bleached, synthetic fibers.

The Gluten-Free Diet 

Although this diet is huge in Hollywood and everywhere else, this diet is a no-no. If you have a real allergy or intolerance to wheat, gluten-free foods are a must for your health. But if you don’t have an allergy, it actually doesn’t do you any good. Plus, you are missing out on essential nutrients that grains give your body. Oftentimes, gluten-free foods have the same calorie counts, if not more, as their gluten-containing counterparts. When gluten is taken out of foods, something else is used instead and it isn't always the best for someone wanting to lose weight!

The Five-Bite Diet 

It’s pretty self-explanatory. You eat whatever you want for breakfast, lunch and dinner but only take five bites. The problem? You’re still not getting nourishing food because you could just eat a greasy cheeseburger everyday, but only have five bites. Those calories add up. Plus, how big of bites do you take? If it is a juicy cheeseburger, they’re probably big! 

The Blood Type Diet 

Based on the idea that foods you eat react chemically with your blood type, those on the diet with type O blood are to eat lean meats, vegetables and fruits, and avoid wheat and dairy. But type A dieters go vegetarian, and those with type B are supposed to avoid chicken, corn, wheat, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. However, science has yet to prove that our blood has anything to do with weight loss. This diet is also very restrictive...so just nix it!

avoiding-sugar-tipsCutting down on sugar will obviously improve our health, but are we doing it right?

We are all guilty of having a little sweet tooth (some more than others), but we also all know that too much sugar is detrimental to our health. In fact, a new study in The American Journal of Clinic Nutrition discovered that those who participated and ate the most sugar had 10 percent higher risk of dying from any cause when compared to the average person. Still, you don’t have to cut sugar out of your diet altogether to stay healthy. But if you do want to take it easy, check out a few things not to do when you’re reducing your sugar intake. 

Don’t Go Cold Turkey

Instead of cutting out sugar completely, enjoy naturally sweet foods like fruit. 

Don’t Just Avoid Sweets

While you don’t want to delete sugar altogether, sweets like ice cream, cookies and cakes aren’t the only unhealthy sugars. Foods like chicken nuggets, pasta, ketchup and even almond milk contain extra sugar. 

Don’t Forget Sugar Comes In Countless Forms 

From evaporated cane juice to high-fructose syrup, sugar is difficult to avoid. Be sure to take a second (and even third look) at the nutrition labels and ingredients.

Don’t Go Into This Blind

Decide which sugars you want to completely cut out ahead of time. It will help you stay disciplined and give you a plan of action. For example, you can avoid sugars that have fructose. 

Don’t Try To Outdo Yourself

It’s okay to have a goal in mind, but no need to go overboard. Challenge yourself, but don’t make it impossible. If it is your first time, start with 72 hour trial without sugar.

Healthy-Salad-DinnerUnderstanding what to eat is important to your health, but understanding the nutrition label can help uncover the mystery of what’s in the foods we eat. With this in mind, our diet and nutrition experts, Amari Thomsen and Elyse Wagner, share their thoughts on macronutrients. Do you know what they are and why you need them?


About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink

 

Shopping-at-a-supermarketHeading to the supermarket can be overwhelming on a new diet, but technology has helped take away the guess work. Instead of feeling frustrated by your new diet, there are easy ways to shop for food, no matter what diet you are on. Our nutrition experts share their tips with suggestions for shopping apps to make your shopping experience more savvy.

About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

mind-and-body-mantras-videoA mantra is something you focus on to be inspired to reach your goals. It's the first thought that enters your mind or points you in the right direction. In practicing a healthy lifestyle, fitness instructors share their favorite mantras to help inspire you!

 

 

To start off, my own is "every 1,000 mile journey begins with a single step" from the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. I love the idea of beginning something and just starting it!

Lisa's Mantra

"One of my favorite mantras is 'Postive attracts positive.' Wherever you go, you feed off the energy that's around you. Need nudge to get out of a bad mood? Grab coffee with friends, head to the gym or go dancing!"

Stephanie's Mantra

"'I AM STRONG' while flexing my biceps!"

Ziba's Mantra

"More, more, more!"

Marisol's Mantra

"Be consistent."


About the Experts

Lisa-Payne-Photo-FINALLisa Payne is a Health and Fitness Expert in Chicago specializing in personal training. She is a Fitness Writer for Demand Studios, Today's Chicago Woman magazine, CheekyChicago.com and on her own blog Paynefully Fit. Lisa is also an Adjunct Professor in Exercise Physiology and is a Brand Ambassador for LARABAR, and Kate Hudson's athletic company Fabletics. Find her on Twitter and on her website

 

 

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Stephanie Mansour (aka Step-It-Up with Steph) is a Body Image & Confidence Coach for women, as well as an in-home personal trainer, yoga, & Pilates instructor. She's been featured on CNN and TV stations across the country for her holistic approach to women's health & fitness. Get her free guide to have more confidence and feel good about your body here

 

 

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Ziba Sarabia Lennox has over 20 years of dancing, choreographing, and performing experience. She has seven years of teaching dance and setting various productions. After a professional ballet career, Ziba’s passion for dance expanded into teaching ballet form conditioning, dance boxing, cardio dance and private lessons.  She is Pilates and NETA certified and her classes are about driving results and maximizing each individual’s potential, while celebrating the gift of movement and music. Ziba is the founder of MaZi Dance Chicago, which is MaZi’s performing group.

 

 

Marisol-Photo-FINALMarisol Sarabia co-founded MaZi Dance Fitness in 2009 after years of continuing her own research and training in fitness. This took place following her performing career.  Marisol is also founder of Gift of Movement with the RIC.  You too can dance and get involved, message  MaZi on Facebook or visit MaZi Dance Fitness.

 

 

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