TikTok and Instagram 'diet' tips to avoid

Plenty of influencers and creators on TikTok and Instagram think they know the right way for you to eat. This feels especially obvious in January and February, when, inspired by New Year’s resolutions, people are searching for ways to lose weight, get in shape, and eat healthy, and food-related wellness content is everywhere on social media. It’s no surprise, then, that many of the tips that become trends or go viral target people’s desire for a secret or surefire way to achieve their goal. But what influencers and creators won’t tell you is that these eating strategies often lack scientific evidence and may even put people at risk for developing disordered eating, says registered dietitian Whitney Trotter, who previously served as program committee manager at the nonprofit organization Project HEAL. “We’re very inundated with quick fixes… That’s why people get so lured and sucked into some of these diets,” Trotter says. SEE ALSO: TikTok ‘fear food’ challenges: Can they help with eating disorder recovery? Mashable asked Trotter, and Rachel Engelhart, a registered dietitian, licensed therapist, and clinical director of the Eating Recovery Center, to identify diet suggestions trending on TikTok and Instagram that people should avoid, as well as signs that such content is having a negative effect on you. Here’s what they had to say: Seed cyclingSeed cycling is the practice of eating specific seeds and nuts that align with the menstrual cycle in a way that positively influences hormone levels. For those who experience intense mood symptoms related…TikTok and Instagram 'diet' tips to avoid