You're probably not going to wake up looking like a model tomorrow - but you can certainly start feeling better and improving your digestion in a week, according to a dietitian and nutritionist Andy Bellatti. Here are few don'ts to look and feel healthier within a week. Try and see the difference for yourself.
Go on a juice cleanse: If you're considering a 'detox' or 'juice cleanse,' you might want to reconsider. Drinking just water, juice or any other liquefied concoction for more than a few days can set you up for unhealthy eating behaviours, and can often lead to spikes and drops in blood sugar levels, which can spawn cravings and mood swings.
Start banning foods: There's a difference between cutting back on things you eat in excess and banning certain food groups entirely. Diets that rely on avoiding ingredients (like sugar or gluten) can lead to replacing those things with other ingredients that play the same role in the body (like honey or corn-based foods). Doing this can be dangerous if the replacement products are nutrient-deficient.
Rely on powders and pills: The problem with diet powders and pills, Bellatti says, is that they often take something that was once a whole food, like a fruit or a vegetable, then process it to separate out one ingredient. That's alright for things like cocoa powder, which does have nutrients, but it shouldn't make up the bulk of your dietary intake.
Focus exclusively on calories: Focusing too much on calories can be dangerous, too, since the measurement falsely make it seem like a calorie of one food is exactly the same as that of another. "This is especially true when eating at restaurants," Bellatti said. "Many low-calorie items are loaded with sodium, which retains water and can leave you feeling bloated."