Can The GOLO Diet Help You Lose Weight?
Here’s what you need to know about the internet’s most-searched diet.
The GOLO diet was one of the most Googled diets of 2016. But, if you’re one of the millions of Americans who scoured the internet for it, you’ve probably been hardpressed to figure out exactly what this diet entails we were, too.
"It’s gimmicky," says certified diabetes educator Jessica Crandall, R.D.N., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
"The company behind the diet isn’t willing to put much information out there and the information it actually shares on their website and commercials is full of marketing speak, misleading claims, and fine print," she says.
In fact, most of what the company writes about the diet on its website (as of the publication of this article) is about how insulin, the hormone that delivers blood glucose into your muscles, liver, and fat cells, affects fat retention and weight loss, says Crandall. And while insulin resistance can cause obesity,
prediabetes, and Type 2 diabetes, it can't be controlled the way the diet claims it can, says Crandall.
GOLO says its plan optimizes your insulin and prompts the body to release stored fat and reduce future fat storage by improving insulin performance and managing other key hormones related to weight gain.
However, the GOLO site doesn't actually explain how it "optimizes" your insulin or improves "insulin performance.
" That might be because there's no way to change how insulin "performs," says Crandall. Though you can increase your body's insulin sensitivity, that has nothing to do with the way insulin does its job, she says. In other words, "insulin performance" isn’t a thing, says Crandall