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6 truths you should know about fad diets

By Nicci Micco, March 29, 2010 - 11:59am

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Nicci asks: What fad diet claims do you want to know the truth about?


Is the nutrisystem meal plan a healthy diet to follow? I have never tried it nor do i plan to. For one the food doesnt even look that appetizing and 2. how healthy can food be that comes in a cardboard box that can be delivered and left on your doorstep?
Just curious since i seem to see the info-mericals everyday.



03/31/2010 - 4:51pm

I cannot stand fad diets. I think that all they do is set us up for failure and disappointment because as soon as you go off of it - you gain your weight back! I have really been working hard in the past year on eating whole and healthy food, minimizing processed stuff, drinking lots of water and I take my daily Vidazorb chewable probiotic! I have read that they can help wtih weight management - and I just want to make healthy choices and feel good! My next goal is a good workout plan!!


04/05/2010 - 11:44am

The best diet is one based on delicious and appealing meals (like those you make from EatingWell recipes!). But Nutrisystem's prepackaged meals ARE nutritiously balanced, so that you can cut calories and still get the nutrients you need.
- Nicci Micco, M.S., deputy editor of nutrition, EatingWell


04/05/2010 - 6:50pm

Brian, The reason you'll lose weight on nutrisystem is because the food is so blah that you don't want to eat it. If you decide to try the nurtisystem meal plan, get it through QVC so when you find out it tastes horrible you can send it back for a full refund like I did.
Good Luck


04/06/2010 - 7:29pm

The Atkins diet plan is the only plan that is healthy and works.


04/06/2010 - 7:54pm

Yuck, tried Nutrisystem and first was hungry and second the food was boring. If you don"t like to cook and just want to eat something I guess it would be OK. But many bean based dishes, many red sauce dishes and not enough variety. I would not recommend this at all. thanks


04/06/2010 - 8:13pm

I have several friends who are doing the "Master Cleanse". It doesn't sound safe or good in terms of long-term effectiveness. Could you comment about it?


04/06/2010 - 9:23pm

I have heard and read about the mediterranean diet and I wonder if all I have read is true. It sounds almost too good to be true.


04/07/2010 - 4:21pm

You denegrate FAD diets as containing only a "kernal of truth". What about the mantra we've been given for decades now that the "healthy way to eat" is low-fat with lots of "healthy" complex carbohydrates, which is a FAD diet with a very small "grain of truth", given the air of respectability by it's source.
Low-fat/complex carbs was given the blessing of the mid 1960's "McGovern Senate Commission" based on shaky-science & research that came from people beholden to the grain industry [Kellogs, etc.].

Sadly, the low-fat/carbs diet has also been given the blessing of the American Diabetes Ass'n as their diet plan to control blood-glucose levels, in spite of the fact that for Type 2 diabetes which is epidemic now, carbohydrates are the one food group that causes blood glucose to rise. Diabetics following the ADA's diet-plan rarely achieve any kind of decent blood-glucose control without serious intervention of one or likely more than one medication and even insulin.


04/08/2010 - 11:12am

Re: Master Cleanse. Here's a story we did on detox diets and "cleanses":

Re: Mediterranean diet. Check out this story we did on the benefits!

Re: Eating to control diabetes. There are many different approaches to eating a healthful diet. For more information on eating to prevent or manage diabetes, visit our Diabetic Diet Center:

-Nicci Micco, M.S., Deputy Editor of Nutrition, EatingWell Media Group


04/08/2010 - 2:24pm

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