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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?


Açai has been touted as being a fantastic diet food, low on natural sugars and no fats. If you take supplements each day, you will supposedly lose weight over time and improve your overall health because of all the rich antioxidants (especially from the good açai supplements, the freeze-dried kind) . I tried it for 3 months but did not lose any weight. I stopped because all that fruit was too much for me in the mornings sugar-wise and later on in the day it was too filling... i am losing weight now with protein supplement soups and bars and salads and one filling meal a day, and once i reach my ideal weight i think i would re-incorporate the açai as a snack mid-afternoon.

Anne D


04/08/2010 - 6:37pm

Hi everyone I just but Acai berry 14 day cleanse with the 14 day fat burner, has anyone heard or tried this specific one??


04/08/2010 - 5:23pm

The one close to Atkins where you get into ketosis and maintain it for a long time until you lose all the unwanted pounds.Please tell me how safe it is and what if it takes a few months to reach the desirable weight.


04/08/2010 - 5:08pm

Atkins is not healthy... It promotes fats of all kinds- even sat fats which are proven to be the worst kind! Besides that, unless you are training for a fitness competition- there is absolutly no reason to cut carbs out of your diet. You need them! Carbs fuel your muscles (glycogen) and your brain. Studies show that eating a balanced low saturated fat diet is more effective than a low a carb diet after a year. Those on the low carb diet are not able to stick to the restrictions and end up sabotaging themselves. Shop the outer edges of the grocery store and eat whole, unprocessed foods, lean meats and lots of fruits and veggies. Thats what our bodies prefer for fuel- you will see changes immediately!



04/08/2010 - 4:25pm

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

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

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

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

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

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


04/06/2010 - 7:54pm

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