Here’s How Going On Fad Diets Can Mess With Your Brain
Keto, the Carnivore Diet, and other restrictive diets are popular. That’s because they often work. People adopt the diet and they see results, sometimes dramatic, although often in the short term.
“Doesn’t he/she look great?” Is what you often hear. But my question, as a registered dietitian, is, “Yes, but how do they feel?”
You see, restrictive diets—or diets that require you to eliminate foods or nutrient groups—can have negative effects on your brain.
Here are three I often see in my work with clients.
1. Increased cravings can turn obsessive.
Tell someone that they can’t have peanut butter on their diet (ahem, Paleo) and they’re more likely to crave peanut butter. Tell them they can only eat a few measly carbs daily (ahem, keto) and suddenly every deep-dish pizza, bowl-o-pasta, and loaf of bread looks even more delicious.