As we dive into the year 2018, many people set New Years resolutions that focus on weight loss and diets. Good news is that you can find a ton of information about healthy diets on the internet. Bad news is there is so much information that it can be overwhelming. Here is a list of misleading diet claims that might help guide you in your nutrition efforts this year.
Top Ten Red Flags for Misleading Diet Claims
1. Recommendations that promise a quick fix. "lose 10 pounds in 30 days"
2. Dire warnings of danger from a single product or regimen. "deli meat will kill you"
3. Claims that sound too good to be true. "no exercise + no diet + special pill = AMAZING WEIGHT LOSS"
4. Simplified conclusions drawn from a complex study. "chocolate cures cancer"
5. Recommendations based on a single study.
6. Dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations.
7. Lists of "good" and "bad" foods. "Carbs are bad"
8. “Spinning” information and words. "Super Food" "Natural"
9. Stating that research is “currently underway,” indicating that there is no current research.
10. Non-science based testimonials supporting the product, often from celebrities or highly satisfied customers. "I lost 15 pounds by doing this one thing..."