Diets Throughout The Years

Navigating the world of nutrition can be difficult to do. How do you know if you’re eating too much or too little? What even is a superfood? I often hear stories about my grandma boiling vegetables because they believed that was how you got all the nutrients…google that and tell me what you find. Throughout history, we’ve made many discoveries on what doesn’t work.

Restrictive Diets
•Grapefruit diet - 1930s
•Cabbage soup diet -1950s
•Scarsdale diet - 1980s

In certain diet fads, specific foods were implemented strictly as a fat burning vehicle. These diets encouraged the consumer to keep their daily calories down to under 1,000 calories. In the case of the grapefruit diet and the cabbage soup diet, it was encouraged for people to eat an unreasonable amount of those foods and almost nothing else in order to burn fat. During those times, people believed that the grapefruit held fat-burning enzymes in it and the cabbage soup diet promoted instant weight loss if the consumer ate little of any other additional foods. These restrictive diet methods have a higher chance of leading to malnutrition and should definitely be avoided.

Consumption Diets
•Baby food diet - 2000s
•hCG Diet -2010s

These diets focus more on the foods that you should be eating more of, but typically not exclusively like the fads mentioned before. The 2000s brought on the baby food diet when Jennifer Anniston mentioned that she ate jars of baby food instead of snacking on chips, candy, and the like. The hCG diet relies on an extremely low caloric intake (roughly 500 calories per day) and then relying on hCG– a hormone made in the body during pregnancy– to decrease hunger. This particular diet is extremely dangerous.

Liquid Diets
•Juice diet
•Apple cider vinegar diet
•Master Cleanse

Many celebrities are known for promoting a juice cleanse or liquid diet of some sort. While apple cider vinegar does have some health benefits, and participating in a cleanse can be good for the body, there are nutrients in solid food that cannot be found in fluids or a liquid diet.

The bottom line here is that nutrition can be difficult to tackle on your own. Do your research and consult with a dietitian or certified nutritionist before jumping on the latest diet trend on your Facebook feed

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