Finding the Best Food Plan

Dangerous Diets: How to Know?

Posted Jun 23, 2014

Is your diet a scam?  This is a topic under big debate recently in the senate and for good reason.  Consumers don’t like being sold products that are potentially dangerous, junk, ineffective or even harmful.  How do you know if the approach you are using is a scam?  It’s often not easy to tell even for professionals.

Here are some key words to be wary of.  Notice how seductive and enticing these words are:

1)      Miracle

2)      Secret

3)      Anything promising more than 2 lbs a week

4)      Forever change (no slipping up!)

5)      Never eat X…again (a particular food you love)

6)      Discovered in the jungle (or an exotic sounding place)

7)      Very extreme before & after pictures

8)      Cut out completely (a food group)

9)      Scientific terms you’ve never heard of (ex. Finding your “individual biospecific hormalfingerprint”)

10)    Dramatic words (Flushing fat, lightening in a bottle, No Exercise. Instant.  No diet)


What to look for (again, not as enticing!):

1)      Long-term approach

2)      Can eat this way forever

3)      Realistic

4)      Healthy, Safe

5)      Scientifically based

6)      Slow and steady

7)      Better relationship to food

8)      Backed by an credible organization like or is a plan created by a registered dietitian.

9)     Healthy diet & exercise

10)   Balanced, mindful eating

The good news is that many consumers are DONE with buying junk and wasting money on things that make big promises but don’t deliver.  They want strategies and tips that are smart, scientific, safe and effective.  The lesson?  It may be time to ditch fad dieting and starting learning how to eat mindfully!  Give your eating plan the once over today to make sure it will give you what you need.

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Dr. Albers is a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and author of the book, EatQ.  She graduated from the University of Denver & completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.  Dr. Albers is frequently quoted in Shape, Fitness, NPR, Wall Street Journal and Prevention magazine.

About the Author

Susan Albers, Psy.D., is a psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness. 

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