By now, you all know how much I appreciate a good smoothie, which is why I am dedicating this blog post to a rather sassy little article about “bad” weight loss advice I recently came across on the Harper’s Bazaar website.
The piece is, at times, a little misleading, then perfectly factual (and a bit condescending). The lead photo is that of a green smoothie. Yes, old faithful, ever popular, healthy-for-you green smoothie. They suggest that, if you choose to go on a cleanse and cut out all of the major food groups, this is not a healthy, long-lasting lifestyle choice.
I think we are all wise enough to know this without you throwing our beloved green smoothie in our faces (trying to be provocative much?) They also frown on the idea of cutting out certain food groups entirely (gluten, sugar, dairy…the list goes on). This is where I found myself nodding in agreement. Unless you have a real intolerance (lactose is my enemy), cutting out an entire food group for the rest of your life isn’t exactly what I would consider healthy. That said, there is a benefit in cutting out certain foods for a period of time. Doing so can help you to change your bad habits and make you more aware of what you are putting into your body. It can also encourage you to be more creative with your meals and change your pallet.
And yes, Harper’s, natural foods are healthier for you.
That’s when it gets a little ridiculous. They go and attack the good, old avocado (incidentally, is anyone else excited about the new avocado emoji that is coming?) It is a myth that “Healthy Fat Can Help You Lose Weight.” No, it can’t; we already know this. What healthy fats can do is help enhance your overall health (inside and out) and help make you feel fuller so that you eat less in the long run. I am not sure there are many people who think they are going to hit their weight loss goals by eating avocados all day. Moderation isn’t exactly a new idea in the weight loss sphere.
What I am getting at here is that there’s a big difference between a real “myth” and total ignorance or denial of the ways the body works. If you are looking to lose weight, we all know the way to go about it; make healthy, informed decisions about the foods we eat and burn more calories than we put in. There is no quick fix, and we know it. Still, writing a piece that suggests healthy foods are a waste of time isn’t exactly going to help anyone. They seem to be writing it more to shock those who work hard to be healthy than to really help anyone achieve their goals and that seems counterproductive.
What are your thoughts?