6 Diets With Serious Flaws

December 17, 2014 1:13 PM

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6 Diets With Serious Flaws

From Atkins to low-fat to paleo, there's always some sort of fad diet making waves. To the millions of Americans wanting to drop pounds and get healthier, these rigid, eat-this-not-that plans often seem like the hot ticket to a better body. But they usually backfire. Sometimes it's because they are bogus to begin with -- even if doctors at one time backed them. Other times it's because trendy diets get misconstrued, followed for the wrong reasons, or taken too far -- or they're simply just too strict to keep up.

"In general, most fad diets have a trace of truth to them," says Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian in Pittsburgh and an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson. "They stem from some rationale, but the problem is people cherry-pick what to follow. They like that the diet doesn't includ...

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