Wow! I can lose how much weight, in how little time? That sounds too good to be true!
Your weight gain did not happen overnight. It should come off the same way, slow and steady.
It can be very tempting, to jump on the latest fad diet band wagon. However, these “diets” can be unhealthy. Many focus on eating one food, limiting whole food groups, or only eating certain foods with other foods. Some of these diets may include supplements or special foods. Here are some ways to spot a fad diet, according to an article from the Cleveland Clinic.
- Recommendations that promise a quick fix.
- Claims that sound too good to be true.
- Simple conclusions drawn from a complex study.
- Recommendations based on a single study.
- Dramatic statements that are disproved by reputable scientific organizations.
- Lists of “good” and “bad” foods.
- Recommendations made to help sell a product.
- Recommendations based on studies published without a review from scientific experts in the same field of s
- Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups.
- Elimination of one or more of the five food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods, and dairy).
When I say diet, most people think of the many diets they have tried in the past. Did they work? What sabotaged them? I think sometimes we sabotage ourselves by thinking a diet should have a start and end date. Truth is, if we change back to our old eating habits once the diet ends, our weight will come back plus some. Don’t get caught in this yo-yo pattern. Choose exercise and healthy eating with a meal plan that works for you. Remember it is not a diet with an end, it is a lifestyle change.
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