7 Terrible Diet Tips We've All Followed (and What We Should Do Instead)

It wouldn't be surprising if most millennials, having grown up surrounded by so many heavily advertised diet plans, processed foods, and an internet chock-full of conflicting health advice, have a pretty wonky relationship to dieting and food in general. It's a wonder any of our bodies are still functioning. There are scores of terrible diet tips our generation has followed, but according to nutritionists, there are seven especially insidious ones that most people between the ages of 24 and 38 have tried at some point.

If you really want to change your body for the better, "do it from a place of love," advises registered dietitian Shauna McQueen, a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This is not the mindset most body image–warped millennials grew up with. But eating healthier and making positive adjustments to your body is a positive thing, not a punishment. "Work with your body and not against it," McQueen continues. "Be patient with yourself, choose vibrant, nourishing foods you love, get in touch with your body to connect with how your food choices make you feel, and enjoy your food mindfully."

The first step to doing all that is to recognize what doesn't work. Keep scrolling for seven common (damaging) diet tips we've all followed—and what to do instead.