With so much focus on weight in our society, I am not surprised at the amount of people I run into that have tried to follow a fad diet and “miracle” weight loss products. There are no foods, pills, potions, or solutions that will magically burn fat. Basically, if a diet or diet product sounds too good to be true — it probably is.
When looking for a diet plan that will work for you, steer clear of any diet or product that makes the following claims:
1. Rapid Weight Loss: A slow, steady weight loss is the best method to lose weight the healthy way and prevent the weight from coming back quickly. Also, a rapid weight loss leads to loss in muscle, water, and bone. Aim for 1/2 – 1 lb weight loss per week.
2. No Need to Exercise: Exercise is a very important aspect of a healthy weight loss plan. To find success in a diet plan with exercise, find some form of exercise you enjoy. Aim for 30 minutes – 1 hour of activity at least 5 days of the week.
3. Unlimited Quantities & Strict Limitations: Avoid diets that allow you to consume unlimited quantities of one type of food – such as grapefruit or cabbage soup. Not only is it boring to eat the same thing everyday, once you stop the diet, you will have no knowledge of how to maintain a healthy diet and go back to your normal routine or binge on food items you were restricted from. Also, avoid diets that restricts a major food group, such as carbohydrates, because you will miss out on critical vitamins and minerals.
4. Specific Food Combinations or Rigid Menus: There is no evidence that eating specific foods at specific times during the day will help you lose weight. Also, following a rigid menu will get time-consuming, overwhelming, and eventually boring.
With any new diet, ask yourself “Can I stick with this the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, it’s not the diet for you.
Consult with a registered dietitian (Like ME!) to build you a personalized diet plan tailored to your lifestyle. A healthy “diet” built personally for you is one that can be lifelong and will soon turn into second nature.