Weight Loss Methods That Don’t Work!

Feel like you’re trying everything but can’t seem to lose any weight?

Here are 5 weight loss strategies that really don’t work:

1. Detox diets

There is little to no evidence that shows a benefit of detox diets for sustained weight loss. Extreme fasting can lead to protein and vitamin deficiencies, electrolyte imbalance, lactic acidosis and even death.

2. Low-fat products

The obesity epidemic began shortly after the government released its low fat recommendation in 1977. And companies began releasing “low-fat products”, which contain lots of added sugar.

Related: Break the Habits Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

3. HCG diet

The HCG diet combines calorie restriction with the injection or supplementation of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is not approved by the FDA for weight loss and it does not help combat obesity, curb appetite or promote long term weight loss.

4. Artificial sweeteners

Several studies have actually found a link between artificial sweetener use and weight gain.

5. Restrictive dieting

Restrictive diets have been shown to promote eating in the absence of hunger… leading to more pounds not fewer! On the other hand, eating when hungry is associated with reduced BMI, lower triglycerides and reduced risk for heart disease.

Related: Pulses: The New Secret To Weight Loss!


About the author

Julie Rothenberg MS, RD, LDN

Julie is a registered dietitian, nutrition expert with a passion for honoring the body with good nutrition and mindful eating. Julie obtained a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in dietetics at Loyola University Chicago.

The proud owner of a nutrition consulting company, JuliENERGYnutrition LLC, where she practices concierge nutrition. She takes an extremely individualized approach and creates personalized nutrition goals and plans for her clients based on specific needs. She works with various physicians and therapists and sees clients for a wide range of nutrition issues including wellness, weight loss, disease specific nutrition counseling and disordered eating.

She stays up to date with new food discoveries and evidence-based research, as well as keeps up with the latest nutrition trends. She has a passion for improving relationships with food and currently uses the "Intuitive Eating" approach. In fact, she is a certified intuitive eating counselor. She has developed a passion for not only improving relationships with food and the body but also for understanding the effects that good nutrition can have on one’s health. Her ultimate goal is to use nutrition to help the community live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives.