Diet and Nutrition

Popular Diets That Don't Work

Popular Diets That Don't Work

Dieting has become such a popular word in the American vocabulary that it almost seems like a national pastime. Countless Americans are obsessed with losing weight and building muscle mass and definition. With such a clamor for results, it’s no surprise that living a healthy lifestyle has become an incredibly lucrative market in the United States. There are more diet and exercise plans than we can count, and almost as many dietary supplements or meal replacement shakes to go along with them. Most of these diets make incredible promises like losing 50 lbs. in just 5 weeks or developing a sparkling set of 6-pack abs in a month. While these results are appealing, they’re often exaggerated. In an effort to help consumers choose a diet plan with a bit more wisdom, US News and World Report put together a ranking of the best and worst diets from 2017.

Why the Keto diet ranks among the worst

If you tried the Keto diet in 2017, then you’re out of luck, and you might already be aware of this. The Keto diet was at the bottom of the list for 2017 diets for a variety of reasons. The Keto diet emphasizes eating a lot of protein and cutting out carbs almost entirely. The goal is that your body will begin to break down all of the nutrients you’re consuming into ketones that will then be used along with stored fat. The diet promises to help you cut down on fat in a relatively short time frame, and for some users it did just that, but those results often don’t stick.

Some experts are worried about the high amount of protein that’s being consumed. Many users reported feeling dizzy or lightheaded due to the lack of carbs as compared to what their bodies were used to. While in some cases the Keto diet can cut down on fat in a relatively short amount of time, it could have negative long-term impacts on users because of its emphasis on protein, and because it’s simply not feasible. 20 carbs a day – the prescribed amount – is less than what’s in an apple.

While it might be possible to keep this up for a little while, for the long term, the siren call of pizza will likely be too much.

Whole30 is not as wholesome as it seems

In addition to the Keto diet, Whole30 was also at the bottom of the list. One of the primary reasons that Whole30 was so low was that it doesn’t provide long term benefits. The goal of the diet is to radically change your eating style over a 30-day period as a sort of restorative detox. Experts have noted that the claims of the diet are not backed up by research, and on top of that the diet is not built to last. Whole30 is extremely difficult to follow, and for many people it’s manageable, for that first month. After that, it’s easy to fall back into old habits. While users might experience some results during their 30 days, it’s unlikely that these benefits will actually create a healthier lifestyle.

Read on to learn more about the diets you should and shouldn't be following.