As great as it is to have copy editors catch spelling, grammar, and syntax errors, someone needs to step in, look at nutrition-focused articles and say, “Are you KIDDING me?”
Those are precisely the words I sighed when I read that Mariah’s diet (the one behind her “hotter-than-ever body”) “prohibits eating carbs and protein together.”
Okay, first of all — Mariah is a megastar. Does she really need to pick up Suzanne Sommers’ weight-loss hand-me-downs to promote her new album?
I was even more surprised to see a quote from Registered Dietitian — and New York University graduate — Keri Glassman apparently lending credibility to the silly idea of “food combining” by saying:
“To digest [protein and carbohydrates] you need different enzymes. The theory is that if you eat them separately, you’ll break down more foods more effectively and increase weight loss.”
It is my opinion — and sincere hope — that Glassman was merely asked what her thoughts about food combining diets were, and the magazine erroneously attributed her support to them.
Anyway, it gets worse.
We then get a sample of Mariah’s daily diet.
First up — breakfast.
On the menu? Plain yogurt, sliced fruit, and a banana.
Is this a joke?
Let’s go back a few lines and reread the following: “Carey’s diet prohibits eating carbs and protein together.”
Yogurt contains protein AND carbohydrates. Hello???
And this is no one-off typo.
Her lunch also mixes protein (grilled chicken) with carbohydrates (zucchini, squash, and spinach). As it should!
Food combining fanatics forget that the vast majority of foods are all a combination of fat, proteins, and carbohydrates.
This is no secret — read any food label!
You will see that pasta, milk, and bread contains carbs and protein.
Chickpeas and kidney beans, meanwhile, contain fat, carbohydrates, and protein.
The article finally — about fifteen paragraphs later — gets to Carey’s weight loss “secret”: cutting calories.
Turns out she takes in approximately 1,000 – 1,200 calories a day and eats less of her greasy favorites like mac ‘n cheese and pizza.
Oh, dear, how… how… common!
I am increasingly becoming more irritated with the amount of deception and unnecessary complications surrounding weight loss and management in pop culture.
I guess “cutting calories” isn’t A-list enough.
Instead, people are bombarded with inane advice like count your carbs, don’t mix carbs with protein, get a coffee enema once a week, don’t eat after 6 p.m., sprout your chickpeas, eat only raw foods, eat nothing but red fruits on Mondays while standing on your head and wearing polka-dotted socks .
Oh, please! Throw all that advice into the “macroneurotic” pile and start living life.
I am not going to sit here and claim to know “a secret” to weight loss.
I also refuse to start dictating obnoxiously high-maintenance rules you must follow to follow to achieve your weight and health goals.
I believe a dietitian’s main responsibility is to help people develop strategies in order to make positive, feasible lifestyle changes. Nutrition is not — and should never become — a calculus 101 class with laws, rules, and inane theories.
That said, I’m off to make dinner: Peanut-ginger tofu (protein!), sweet potatoes (carbs!), brown rice (more carbs!) and avocado (fat!)
And I have the audacity to author a nutrition blog?