Some of the trends include replacing meals with shakes, which Garrison says is a short-term option that does not often yield long-term results.
“I do see that fairly often, I think it’s, it’s enticing, because it’s quick, it’s easy, there’s really no thought behind what you’re going to have for this meal or that meal if you’re just grabbing a supplement,” she explained. But just because a label promises nutrition, doesn’t mean it’s going to work.
“You’re not going to absorb any nutrition as well as you are through food,” said Garrison.
A lot of people are glued to apps that track calories, steps and heart rate as well, which she says can be helpful in moderation.
“It can be helpful with how much are you eating just because we see a lot of eating habits bits that are kind of all over the place. But I think it’s a definitely a fine line with with tracking your food, there’s a time where it becomes a little obsessive and more harmful than it is helpful,” said Garrison.
She says that’s also not a long-term solution, but it can be helpful in the beginning to identify issues.
“I always recommend using a tracking app as more of a tool to kind of help guide your journey with making these lifestyle changes, not necessarily to stay tied to it forever and tracking day in and day out,” she explained.
She says small changes are key to making a new life, like adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, or drinking more water.
“Once you start making those lifestyle changes. I always encourage people to really tune into how they’re feeling and that’s, that’s really a good motivator. A lot of times, once you realize ‘I’ve cut out all of the soda and the extra sugar and I feel so much better throughout my day,’ you have more motivation,” said Garrison.