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Best Way to Lose Weight: Fad vs. Fact of Weight Loss

 

Fad vs. FactThere are over 6 million results returned when you Google fad diets.  People want to lose weight and they want to do it now, if not sooner.  But research shows when people lose more than 2 pounds per week in a short time they will regain that weight, plus add on a few more pounds.  So, how can you lose weight and keep it off? 

Simply put, fad diets are not the answer.  But how do you know if you are carrying out a fad diet?  Here are a few simple ways to determine if the diet you are considering is a fad diet. 

Put the diet to the test:

Does it promise results that sound too good to be true? ‘Lose 10 pounds in 10 days!”
Does it eliminate food groups? “No: dairy/wheat/meat…”
Does it promise to melt pounds without any exercise? “Lose weight while you sleep!”
Does it encourage eating combinations of foods at certain times and not at other times?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then this diet is a fad diet and may not be safe or effective in the long run.

But What Diet Will Work?

- Eat a little less - Moderate calorie restriction promotes weight loss.  It is important to eat balanced scheduled meals using portion control.  Americans typically eat off of large plates, often cleaning their plate.  Try using a smaller plate and avoid seconds.
- Slow Down - Give yourself some time to enjoy your meal and recognize your fullness.  If you eat too much you are also probably consuming too much food which leads to excess calories leading to increased weight.
- Write it or enter it – Try using a food journal or a tool like MyFitnesPal.com to record your food intake.  This will provide more information to help you see where you need to make adjustments in the future.
- Evaluate your current habits - Are you getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? Are you drinking 6-8 cups of water? Focusing on adding good for you foods is just as important as subtracting or eliminating not so good choices.

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