HOW TO RECOGNISE A ´MIRACLE DIET´

Food education is essential in the creation of good eating habits. Alejandra Bastarós, a graduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Zaragoza and food specialist at the Cook & Chef Institute, looks into healthy eating for us

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There are just 3 months till summer and people are itching to have the perfect body. We often turn to so-called ´miracle diets´. They exist in many forms, under many names, but they all have some things in common:

-They promise quick results in very little time -They forbid a food or food group

-They promote consumption of certain ´preparations´ or pills which, coincidentally, they commercialise

-They include ´real life´ testimonies from people who claim to have had spectacular results.

We all know losing weight is not easy, that is why we need to leave it to experts like dietician-nutritionists. Their work involves educating people about nutrition once and for all, without excluding foods, so that once you have lost the weight you wanted to lose, you will never put it back on again.

The so-called ´rebound effect´ exists. It has been scientifically proven that when we deprive the body of certain nutrients for a period of time, the body then goes into a state of ´alert´ - absorbing more nutrients once we go back to our normal diet.

Thus, the key to losing weight does not lie in a strict diet lasting X amount of time and then being over– having failed to learn how to eat properly and then regaining the lost weight plus a few extra kilos. Rather it lies in changing our lifestyle and not just our food habits:

-Doing a moderate amount of physical exercise for at least 30 minutes per day

-Having a diet based around greens, fruit and vegetables.

-Drinking plenty of water

-Not drinking alcohol

-Not smoking

-Taking care of our mental health, social life and psychological balance.

 

Alejandra Bastarós
BSc. Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Zaragoza
http://dietista-zaragoza.es