4 Fad Diets & Why (Surprise...) They Don't Work!

And ultimately, by restricting food groups, we tend to crave them more.
— Dalina Soto
Is your diet keeping you from enjoying cake at your child’s birthday party? Is restriction worth it?

Is your diet keeping you from enjoying cake at your child’s birthday party? Is restriction worth it?

Summarized by Maria Terry

Article written by Dalina Soto

Sugar detox. Gluten-free. Vegan after 6pm. Intermittent Fasting. Keto. What do these all have in common, besides driving your non-diet dietitian insane?

Restriction. Fad diets get trendy and eventually fade off until another trend catches our attention. Why? Because restricting food groups, nutrients, and time frames simply isn’t a sustainable lifestyle practice. For those who medically require a diet (e.g. ketogenic diet in children with seizure disorders, carb counting in Type 1 diabetes to correspond with adequate insulin units), restriction can be life-saving. But for people who aren’t facing medical requirements to diet, I will break down the WHY behind the failures of fad diets.

Check out Dalina’s latest Healthline article analyzing 4 popular diets (gluten-free, low carb, keto, and paleo) and how they fall short when it comes to attaining sustainable lifestyle practices and achieving weight-loss, if that is your goal.

Personally, I recommend considering how restriction affects you mentally and physically and inevitably leads to obsessing over food and binging, followed by guilt. Let’s lose that weight - the weight of not being enough and needing to diet - and find a healthy relationship with our food.

#DalinaMeets: Leslee Sholomskas, Sports Dietitian

#DalinaMeets: Leslee Sholomskas, Sports Dietitian

#DalinaMeets is a series of interviews with registered dietitian nutritionists and the work they do – from the big things to the little things. It all counts! This interview between Dalina and Leslee looks into the elusive world of sports nutrition and brings to light the challenges dietitians face working with premier athletes.

Why Healthy Eating Shouldn’t Depend on Your Address

What’s the dirt on “clean eating?” The trendy phrase that has gained popularity, spurring many people into a ‘lifestyle change’ that adopts less processed, more organic, and ‘clean’ foods. This is generally okay and may encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet. That’s awesome!

But… unfortunately, there are some complicated impacts of this trend that warrant a serious conversation. The expectations for clean eating may be impossible to achieve for families who struggle to afford groceries - and that’s a lot of people in our country! When it comes down to it, many of my clients in lower socioeconomic communities tell me they’ll skip over produce if they can’t buy organic… because it’s not ‘clean’ or healthy. This begs me to ask: Is there something dirty about clean eating?

I am THRILLED I could share more about this with you. Learn more in my article posted on Healthline HERE! Leave your comments so we can continue the conversation.




1528 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA


Each month we are planning to feature a local Philly restaurant on the Nutritiously Yours blog! Because seriously, the food scene in Philly is AMAZING and we love to eat.  By "WE" I am referring to my intern Kathleen and I! So lets begin :)  For our first stop this month we chose Suraya, a Lebanese restaurant in Fishtown. As you walk in you are greeted by an amazing space and a counter top full of goodies. It was our first time at the restaurant and we had tons of questions about the menu items. The staff was happy and excited to answer our questions and were extremely helpful! We ended up ordering a few different items to share. Per recommendation we tried the mezze platter, which came with labne, ful mudammas, crudité, a six-minute egg and two pitas. We also ordered the crispy chickpea hummus and a men’oushe with cheese, tomato, onion, long hot, and parsley. Obviously not your typical American fair!


Labne is a creamy, strained yogurt flavored with herbs and topped with olives and roasted peppers. Super tasty on the pita, which we could see being made in the kitchen!  This was my absolute favorite!! It was so creamy and went well with everything I dipped in it. Seriously,I am ordering this EVERY TIME I come back. 

The crudité consisted of radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives on a bed of ice. Good if you like really cold vegetables, but better for using the veggies for hummus or labne dipping.

Ful mudammas is a fava bean paste mixed with olive oil and topped with chickpeas, tomatoes, onion and cilantro. It had a hummus-y consistency, but the toppings added a little something extra. Honestly, I had never had fava beans, but this was so GOOD. I like to mix my food, I know, I am weird :) and this mixed with the Labne on the pita was DELIGHTFUL! 

The six-minute egg is a soft-boiled egg with a cashew coating. This one is a winner if you like runny yolks like I do (and soaking them up with pita). 



The hummus itself was smooth, but the crispy chickpeas added a crunch you wouldn’t normally find in hummus you pick up from the grocery store. Definitely delicious and flavorful! If I could I would buy it for home ( but we forgot to ask if this was possible, so Suraya, if you read this, can we?) 


The men’oushe was a flatbread ( that looks like pizza) with a creamy cheese spread on top with tomatoes, parsley and onions. We chose to top ours with an egg, which you can request on any men’oushe. It was perfectly cooked so that the yolk was soft but didn’t run everywhere when you bit into it.


The owners definitely spent time creating an inviting atmosphere. The orange and white tile floor brings you into a Mediterranean atmosphere and the décor adds nice touches without taking away from the casual vibe. Place your order at the counter before choosing between two seating areas. The front seating area is well-lit and home to a well-stocked pastry case and small collection of items for sale, including olive oils, soaps and mugs. The back-seating area is a larger, yet cozier, space with a view of the open kitchen.

Ultimately, we LOVED the Suraya! The food was great and the atmosphere was amazing. Definitely a place we would recommend and we will for sure be visiting again and trying out more of the menu!

Now that we’ve done some of the experimenting and question-asking for you, we recommend that you go try Suraya for yourself. And if you have been there already, give us some recommendations!!!


View the full menu here: Suraya