The 6 worst diet quick fixes you need to quit in 2017

If you really want to drop the lbs this year, drop these shady health schemes.

Robbie Ann Darby, The Root | 1/3/2017, 10:32 a.m.
If you really want to drop the lbs this year, drop these shady health schemes.
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Shortcuts are great. When you’re on a road trip, yes. When you’re trying to transform your health, not so much. So if you plan to start 2017 on the healthier side of things, check out what quick fixes you should leave in 2016.

  1. Eliminate diets that eliminate entire food groups.

As tempting as it may be, beware of jumping on the “I don’t eat (fill in the blank)” bandwagon in 2017. Especially if your goal is long-term weight loss. For instance, eating like a caveman or cavewoman on the Paleo diet may be great for ditching refined sugar, dairy, grains and legumes in favor of meat, fish, poultry, fruits and veggies. But the downside is you can end up overdosing on meat. So keep your carnivore pickings lean, Flintstone fam.

Or, if you’re still riding the “low carb” train, may this be the year you keep your weight on track longer than March by inviting more “healthy carbs,” like whole grains and high-quality grains like quinoa, into your diet.

Speaking of quinoa, this grain is often a gluten-free eater’s top five fave. So while gluten-free seems like all we may see, unless you’re suffering from celiac disease, beware of what passing on gluten really means. Yes, you will automatically consume less processed foods and more high-quality grains; however, beware of sneaky labels. The food industry will consume you (pun intended) if you aren’t careful. For instance, a “gluten free” cookie is still a cookie, and like many gluten-free products, contains higher levels of both fat and sugar.

Overall, before you ditch an entire food group, be honest with yourself about why you’re kicking said food group to the curb. If it’s solely weight-loss-focused, you may lose the will to stick with your new restriction sooner rather than later.

  1. Don’t be so quick to try an intermittent fast.

And while we are on the topic of skipping food groups, let’s leave skipping meals in 2016, too. Back in the day, the Military Diet was the leader of the “eat less, lose more” campaign. Clocking in at 800-1,000 calories a day which, by the way, is less than even a child eats, was foolishness across the board.

So whether you’ve “about faced” on this one yet or not, watch out for other extremely-low-calorie diets such as the widely popular intermittent fasting. Skipping out on meals periodically will surely help you drop a size, but your metabolism and energy will definitely drop, too. And the last thing you need (especially as you get older) is a pissed-off and slow metabolism.

  1. Don’t waste your time with waist trainers.

A small waist is coveted by many, and celebs may have you fooled thinking that having a 25-inch waist is a cinch. But corsets went out of style centuries ago for a reason. Yes, many argue that waist trainers and corsets are not the same; however, among many things, the one thing they both have in common is the high risk and damage they cause.

If worn too long or too tight, waist trainers put you at risk for crushing your organs or compressing your lungs; you could fracture your ribs and possibly even increase your chance of developing acid-reflux disease. Oh, and you could pass out.