I’m a wellness expert and here’s how your diet makes you FAT

SOCIAL Media is full of fad diets.

Whether it’s drinking a super juice to get lean or gulping down cabbage soup, there are many depressing options.

One expert has warned that diets that drastically cut your calories are dangerous


One expert has warned that diets that drastically cut your calories are dangerousPhoto credit: Getty

While many people use these quick fixes to lose weight, one expert has said your latest diet craze could be making you fat.

Wellness expert Rachael Sacerdoti said fads and extremely low-calorie diets teach us bad and unhealthy practices when it comes to how we relate to our bodies.

The qualified personal trainer, who has a degree in psychology, said 600-calorie daily plans are particularly dangerous for health.

She explained that without changing our eating habits, we won’t get the results we want.

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“We’re just going to get stuck in a vicious circle of weight loss and weight gain, which is detrimental to our long-term health and well-being,” she added.

Rachael said there are five reasons you need to stop using fad diets, with one being — because you’ll just end up gaining more weight than you originally lost.

She explained that fad diets ignore the role exercise plays and completely overlook what a healthy, balanced lifestyle should look like.

“Generally, these unhealthy weight loss methods skip an exercise plan and decrease muscle mass rather than simply reducing body fat, which causes the body to slow down its metabolism.

“It’s believed to be one of the reasons most people regain weight after stopping a calorie-restricted plan.”

It’s So Simple’s Rachael said many of these diets help limit the number of calories you eat, with many being dangerously low — without considering the needs of the individual.

The guru said that ultra-low calorie diets usually do more harm than good.

She says that’s because they teach poor, restrictive practices and can cause nutrient deficiencies, reduced fertility, poor gut health and weaker bones.

For anyone looking to lose weight and make lasting lifestyle changes, a good foundation must be laid, she explained.

“Creating a lifestyle in support of your goals is one of the most exciting parts of the journey.

“Planning your sleep, stress, relaxation time, relationships, and diet and exercise is what transformation unlocks.

“Weight loss is a much deeper issue that requires a multifactorial approach,” she said.

For most people, however, she understands that our beliefs about food are dormant and need rewiring.

In most cases, Rachael explained that doing so would undo more than 30 or 40 years of behavior and beliefs.

Having struggled with her weight for most of her adult life, Rachael has firsthand experience of the struggles of being heavier and the impact it has on your health.

She added: “It’s amazing how many people have absolutely no idea what to eat.

“For changes to persist, nutrition education is key. We need to teach each and every one of us how to efficiently fuel our bodies. Quick fixes and fad diets are just not enough.”

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