Experts weigh on in anti-diet dieting trend


MACON, Ga. -- Nutritionists on social media have been posting photographs of junk food like pizza, hamburgers and more in order to send the message that people don't need to restrict themselves to be healthy.

It's called the anti-diet diet trend, and despite the name, some health experts say it's more about eating behaviors rather than glamorizing unhealthy foods.

Clinical dietitian and nutrition manager Naomi McKensie said, "A lot of people say, 'well, diets don't work well.' When you're starting to restrict items on a diet, that makes them more tempting - you're going to want it. "

Personal trainer Beverly Arehart disagrees. She believes in occasional restrictions and said that sometimes it's better to cut out certain foods to get results.

"Limiting calorie intake compared to watching your expending everyday is when you see results," she said.

According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 70 percent of Americans who are overweight suffer from type two diabetes, certain types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and pain issues.

Arehart said this the survey results are a reality that many should consider before eating whatever they want, and McKensie said that it's important to have accountability in eating behaviors. Both nutritionists and trainers say that it all boils down to personal choice.

Greg Miller, regional director for Kinetix, said it's important to stay realistic.

"Are you looking to make a change in your health and fitness goals, or change your body or physique? Then you got to be able to look on the mirror. I know what you can or cannot get away with and much like anything else in life that's different for every individual. I think you just have to be aware of that," he said.

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