Ditch that diet!

Gabby Lerner, Copy Editor

As spring break is slowly approaching, you may be worried about getting your “bikini body” back and shedding off your “winter coat”. Many embark on crazy, dangerous diets that may lead to a binge-restrict cycle. 

A binge-restrict cycle is when someone eats massive quantities of food, and then restricts what they eat during a period of time. They then fall off the wagon and consume several thousand calories, which may lead them back on their diet. This is an endless cycle, which can cause more problems.

Juicy salmon, cauliflower, and macaroni and cheese with spicy barbecue sauce drizzled on top is a great healthy meal! Credit: Gabby Lerner

A popular diet that many have tried is the keto diet. The keto diet is a low or no carb diet that forces the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis occurs when the body does not have enough glucose energy, causing it to burn fat.  The diet requires foods high in fat, like nuts, fish, avocado, eggs, etc.

However, the keto diet can lead to health problems, which are not worth it in the long run. “The diet causes your body to burn muscle instead of fat, which makes it harder to lose weight,” explained a dietitian at University Hospitals Medical Center. 

There are many other diets that exist, but most don’t work long term. Some of these diets starve the body of important nutrients like carbohydrates. Some try to cut out important complex carbs like pasta, bread, etc.

“Carbohydrates provide the body with the energy it needs and are a good source of many vitamins and minerals,” said Donna Logan, a registered dietician at the University of Texas.

Without carbohydrates, which many believe is what makes them “fat”, the body won’t properly function and make you feel more hungry and weak. Many may end up consuming more calories because they won’t have carbs present to fill them up. This can lead to weight gain.

Shrimp, zucchini, asparagus, and red peppers is a great dinner! Credit: Gabby Lerner

The best way to lose weight, even though you are perfect the way you are and don’t need to, is to maintain a stable diet and exercise. Consider eating three meals, and limit snacks. Eliminate or limit oily, chippy food, and try crackers and low sodium popcorn. You can also swap candy and other junk food with fruit. 

The best nutrition advice is to eat 80/20. This means that one eats healthy, balanced meals 80% of the time, and 20% of the time one can have something that doesn’t contain as much nutritional value (donuts, cookies, etc).

Another way to have a healthy lifestyle is to exercise at least three times a week. It is recommended that one should do cardio and strength training. There are many forms of cardio, including running, swimming, biking, and more. Strength training can be anything with weights, and more. 

Life is short, and shouldn’t be wasted on what you should eat. Experiment and experience all of the wonderful flavors the world has to offer!”

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