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Ditch These Common Diet Tips

The diet tips, tricks and strategies are coming fast and furious this time of year…

The official "start" of beach season is just days away.  I’ve heard some in the fitness industry refer to it as "Judgement Day."  The day when pools and beaches open and bathing suits come out.

Not to build too much around this time of year … but it is interesting how our blog and associated fat loss questions have been on fire lately.  Surely there’s a connection.

But what if the advice you’re reading is steering you in the wrong direction?

Here are 3 REALLY common diet tips that you need to ditch NOW.

  1. Losing fat means eating low fat.  This one couldn’t be further from the truth.  We’re not suggesting loading up on fat is the way to go in lieu of other foods, but focusing on QUALITY is the key.  Low fat diet does NOT equal low body fat. 

    Low junky fat (trans fat, processed saturated fat) should be drastically limited, but rather than just eliminating those types of fats, we suggest replacing them with much better alternatives, like fish and fish oil, olive oil, and canola oil.  Even mix in some coconut oil if you want a healthier saturated fat.  But remember that LOW fat eating doesn’t mean LOW body fat (or health)!

  2. Eating salads means you’ll lose weight.  Incorrect.  This too has gotten a bit out of control and we hear it ALL the time. 

    "Well, on another diet, so I guess I’m back to salads everyday." 

    Can salads be a great option?  Absolutely.  But, they can also literally destroy your goals.  Pick up a salad at Chilis, Olive Garden or most other restaurants and you could be topping the calorie scales at 1000+ calories.  Just like before, the key is quality.  Salads with croutons, cheese, bacon bits, and creamy dressing … not really a recipe for success.

  3. Nuts are too high in calories so are bad for "dieting."  Couldn’t be further from the truth.  In fact, research shows that eating 1-2 oz of nuts per day HELPS with weight loss!  The key is portion control and nuts are easy to overeat, so stick to just a handful a couple times per day and you’re good to go.  Here’s a better trick — stick with in shell pistachios because cracking off the shell slows down how quickly you can eat them, which automatically helps with portion control.

There you have it — 3 diet "tips" that need to be ditched immediately.

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2 Responses to Ditch These Common Diet Tips

  1. Jay May 23, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I love your stuff but I think listing Panera as an example of a bad salad venue would not have been my first choice. Panera is one of the few restaurants that list calories right on their menu in the store, so it is plain to see what you are getting. And a quick look at their online nutritional information page shows that there is only one salad that comes close to 1000 calories, the Full Chopped Steak & Blue Cheese at 890. In fact, all the rest of the salads at Panera are around 500 calories or less and full of what seem to be healthy ingredients. I am probably biased, but Panera is a great place to find options that fit into a healthy approach to eating out. You can even request an apple in place of the bread side if you like.


    • Chris and Kara Mohr May 23, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      You do make an excellent point … Panera just jumped into my head first, but there certainly are many other options that have significantly more higher calorie options. Appreciate the feedback!

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