Weight loss is a big business in the fitness industry. According to CBS News, Americans alone have spent roughly $35 billion on fitness products. Globally, Wellness Creative surveyed the fitness industry in 2017 and found out that it is worth $82 billion. With big money in the circulation, no wonder that everyone is trying to make a fortune out of it.
However, not all information you read on the Internet is accurate. Many diet programs, supplements, and accessories are bogus and do not work as they claim to be. The chances for you to end up losing money without cutting any weights are very high. And to reduce that probability, let us learn about diet hypes which plague the Internet rampantly.
The Slim Shakes
Slim Fit was once the most successful diet shake that ever hit the market. With approximately $17 million spent on the marketing, Slim Fit managed to reshape the public thought about food consumption. Dieters bought the campaign and thought that a person could be healthy by only ingesting slim shake.
Other brands have come into the market as well. Some contain decent nutritious ingredients, while some others are only full of refined carbs, sugar, and artificial substances. Regardless, nothing will beat the nutrition coming from real foods.
If you seek protein, look it up from meats, beans, and fish. Vitamins are from fruits and veggies. They also contain organic fibers that will keep your digestive system healthy.
The Oil Hypes
Olive oil, coconut oil, and safflower oil had their hype phase once. It is true that olive oil is good for our health. But consuming it on a spoon will not make it useful at all. Olive oil is best to use to sauteing, to drizzle a salad, and to marinade meat.
Besides, if you overcook the oil, it will not do you any good. The same thing goes with coconut oil and safflower oil hype. They have to be used with other ingredients to provide you with complete nutrition.
The Ancient People’s Diet
This dietary program takes others names, the Caveman diet, and the Paleo diet. The concept is irrational, yet many buy into the idea and piously practice it. Paleo diet promotes the idea that hunting and gathering are the true nature of humanity. Anything coming from farming is not healthy for us, because they are unnatural.
As a consequence of such thought, Paleo diet encourages us to eat meat, potatoes, fruits, and other “unprocessed” foods. As long as the cavemen ate them, they must also be good for us.
The truth is that, before the age of farming, those cavemen adapted their body into their diet. Neanderthals could process high cholesterol diets. And their digestive track was well suited with the carnivorous diet. But today, we are way different from them.
Carbohydrate deficiency can make our liver work harder. High protein can damage our kidneys. And high cholesterol diet will undoubtedly weaken your heart’s muscles. Balance is the key to a diet program that indeed works. We have to diversify our meals with all the things nature has provided us.