Identifying a Poor Diet

by Dr. David Kulla, Synergy Wellness

By now, nearly everyone in the modern world knows what is important for a good and healthy diet. We think of fresh foods, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. This has been taught to us even while fast food establishments advertise cheap and easy food options and the obesity rates rise, especially in children.

Whether you are on a diet in order to lose weight, or you just want to maintain a healthy eating life for yourself and your family, maintaining a good diet is important. So, how do you know if you are stuck in a cycle of a poor diet? There are a few indicators that will help you identify a poor diet. Most of them do seem like common sense, but it can be easy for anyone to get caught up in the latest diets and meal plans that celebrities promote.


First of all, packaged and processed foods always indicate a poor diet. Your food should come from natural sources, like plants and animals and grains. If your food came from a warehouse or a manufacturing plant, it is probably not good for you. Anything with ingredients that resemble chemicals instead of nutrients indicates a poor diet. Read labels. Before you eat something, see if you can figure out where it came from. If its original source would not allow you to grow it on a farm or raise it in a barn, it’s part of a poor diet.

If you are on a diet that ignores entire food groups, you’re probably following a meal plan that will not be able to sustain you for your whole life. At some point, a piece of white bread might make its way to your plate. Diets that eliminate all carbs, all dairy or all fruits are a sign of poor meal planning. You need to get all of your food groups into your diet, even if they are in moderate portions.

Similarly, too much of one food group is a warning sign that you might be following a poor diet. No one ever got healthy eating a pound of bacon every morning. It simply makes no sense. Your food should be varied.

If you come across a diet or a meal plan that promises “instant” weight loss or “immediate” results, you should be suspicious. This is a poor diet plan, and it will not give you the type of healthy eating habits you need. There is no magic formula that will make you thin over night. You are going to have to eat fewer calories and exercise more if you want to lose weight, and that’s the cold truth, no matter what the diet books and gurus tell you.

Avoiding poor diets is important for your health. Don’t get caught up in a magical sales plan or a big promise for instant weight loss. Instead, eat fresh foods that come from fields and farms, not factories. Let yourself have a little bit of everything, and don’t overindulge or become too restrictive.

This post was written for My Fitness Hut by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed Synergy Wellness and a nutritionist as well as owner of Synergy Wellness in Manhattan.

About Mark

About Mark

Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.