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5 Diet Trends to Avoid

Are these diets worth it? You decide.

When it comes to dieting, balanced meals with moderate portions supplemented with exercise is really the only thing that's going to work in the long term. Don't be fooled by fad diets that promise quick results, habits need to be changed and folded into your lifestyle. Here are five diet trends you should steer avoid while trying to meet your 2017 weight loss goals. 

1. Master Cleanse

Dieters drink a concoction of squeezed lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper several times a day for 10 days. The diet is only 650-1,300 calories, and it lacks key nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, and zinc.

2. Cabbage Soup

This diet consists of all-you-can-eat cabbage soup for seven days featuring a mix of cabbage, carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, and onions. While it's not as bad as other regimens, it eliminates certain food groups and who doesn't like variety?

3. Raw Food

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Here's a diet that is sort of healthy, but requires quite a bit of preparation. Rawists believe that eating foods above 116°-118° F will destroy enzymes that provide many health benefits. However, picking up ingredients will prove to be expensive and timely.

4. Paleo

Going all meat and veggies, while cutting out dairy and legumes, may help you lose weight in the short term, but it's tough to stick to. Yogurt is a sensible treat that is light on calories and sugars if you find the right one.

5. Baby food

Dieters replace breakfast and lunch with about 14 jars of baby food then eat a low-calorie dinner. Talk about running on empty.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.