Written by a contributing writer
A lot of people change up their diets based on nothing more than their own intuition about a problem they may be having. Some people may feel uneasy after they eat particular types of fruit, so they assume that they’re intolerant to certain nutrients, prompting them to make drastic changes in their diet that may not be necessary. Some may assume that their body mass index can’t be right, so they take it upon themselves to get into a drastic weight loss routine.
The problem with all of this? Self-diagnosis. It’s easier than ever to do this sort of thing thanks to the Internet - though this isn’t to say that there isn’t a plethora of useful info on the Internet! Take the time to discuss your concerns with a doctor or a nutritionist before you make any drastic diet changes.
Be careful about fads
If you feel like you need to shed some pounds or put on some more muscle, there are few things more tempting than fad diets or workout programs. But they may not be all that they appear to be.
Crash diets and expensive programs can look good on the surface, but the amount of good they’ll do for you, in the end, can be questionable. The key to making sure the particular plan you’re interested in is suitable for you is by making sure you take the time to properly research it. Check consumer reviews and professional write-ups if you can find them. If you can’t, consider giving the plan a pass.
Ensure what you’re eating is safe
You don’t want to switch up your diet to include foods that are going to end up being unsafe! This is partly why you need to talk to a professional beforehand; everyone’s body is different, so what makes a good diet or food inclusion for one person may end up being a disaster for someone else.
Even with this considered, it’s best to keep up-to-date with food safety. Dietary fads are sometimes promoted by food companies that are simply looking to get more customers for their products, and the sort of companies that do this aren’t always the safest or most ethical when it comes to food! You can read Unsafe Foods for more information if you’re interested in keeping in the know about dangerous ingredients, food recalls, and related illnesses.
Let nutrient content be your guide
At the end of the day, your body needs a particular set of nutrients and in a particular amount. Don’t just assume that a particular product is going to give you what you need, and don’t be suckered in by fads or ads that claim it’s healthy.
If you want to change your diet up, then it’s pretty essential that you get used to reading labels and ingredients. The particular nutrients that are in a product, as well as other ingredients such as additives, should be used as a guide when it comes to deciding what you should introduce to your diet!
*This post is not meant to give medical advice. Please consult a doctor before starting a new diet/exercise plan.