Diets Can Totally Bum You Out

Of course, sometimes it's not feasible to make a smoothie—like, if you have a lunch meeting, you're going on a date, or you just feel hungry or low-energy. In that case, fill your plate with lean protein (fish, skinless chicken or turnkey breast, beans), whole grains, and plenty of veggies.


It’s no secret that dieting can make you a bit, well, crazy. (Or at least, it’s no secret to me—my single day of trying the Master Cleanse left me crying and yelling at innocent bystanders, but I digress.)

But, while you might think that going on a diet would give you a new sense of purpose or boost your self esteem, new research from the University of Montreal shows that, at least as far as your brain chemicals are concerned, going on a diet can actually just make you super depressed.

Doctors studied two groups of mice—one twas fed a high fat-sugary diet; the other was fed a healthy diet. They found that the brain chemistry of the mice eating the unhealthy diet actually changed over time and concluded that, should the mice shift to a healthy diet, they would likely experience withdrawal symptoms, depression, and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, which could launch them into a vicious cycle of poor eating.

The bottom line is that fatty and sugary foods really mess with your brain, but drastically cutting them out may give you a major case of the sads, which could then lead you right back to your old habits. And that kinda sounds like a lose-lose situation.

That’s why it’s super important to find a diet that won’t leave you starving (or stabby), like our healthy detox plan. Bottom line: If you’re looking to firm up, just don’t go turkey from your favorite treats—wean yourself off them first.


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