There’s always some new wellness trend claiming it can make us healthier, but they don’t always live up to the hype and some, like detoxes, can actually have negative effects. Some of these trends we see on social media may offer benefits, but dietitians warn these are the ones to skip and share some suggestions for what we should do instead.
- Keto diet – The ketogenic diet encourages the body to use fat for energy instead of carbs and followers eat foods that are high fat, low carb, and moderate in protein. People love it for weight loss, but registered dietitian Jo-Ann Carson warns that it’s tough to maintain long-term, plus it may increase your risk of kidney stones, liver disease, vitamin deficiencies, and other health issues.
- Apple cider vinegar shots – Some claim this fermented apple juice helps with weight loss and digestion, but registered dietitian Daniela Novotny explains there hasn’t been enough research to prove this. Plus, the acidity in apple cider vinegar could damage the enamel on teeth or aggravate acid reflux.
- Charcoal toothpaste – Fans of brushing with activated charcoal toothpaste believe the abrasive, dark-colored stuff can help whiten teeth by wearing off stains, but dentist Scott Young says there’s no scientific evidence to support this. And get this – charcoal toothpaste can actually harm your teeth by wearing down the protective enamel and causing them to be more sensitive and susceptible to cavities.
- Celery juice – While it’s loaded with nutrients like calcium and magnesium, Carson says claims that drinking celery juice can promote weight loss, prevent cancer or treat acne aren’t backed by evidence. In fact, you’re better off eating the celery than juicing it, so you get all the fiber it contains.
- Detox diets – People love doing detoxes to get rid of toxins from eating lots of sugar or drinking alcohol, or to encourage rapid weight loss. But fasting, juice cleanses and such are quick, temporary fixes, and registered dietitian Claudia Hleap warns that they don’t work and can be so restrictive they put you at risk of nutritional deficiencies.
Ultimately, if you want to lose weight just live a healthy lifestyle – Forget the quick fixes and go back to the basics of eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, regularly exercising, and drinking plenty of water. Make sure you also listen to Weigh Less, a weight loss journey podcast hosted by Roy from the Maney, Roy & LauRen Morning Show.