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The Truth About Dieting and Fad Diets
Is the latest fad diet the solution to your weight loss goals?
Low-carb is probably the most popular fad diet for weight loss currently. With the Atkins diet, South Beach diet, the Zone diet, and other protein-packed diet plans, dieters were losing weight while eating rich, low-carb foods like butter, steak, and pizza (but without the crust). Now the trend is shifting again, as it always does with fad diets. Tired of facing a hamburger patty and bowl of lettuce night after night, many people are rethinking this extreme dieting fad.
Why are there so many fad diets out there? If it's low-carb, low-calorie, or low-fat, someone always has a gimmick to sell it. Diets that are supposed to help you lose weight and look as great as the models who advertise these diets. But, has anyone been able to stay on these extreme diets for a long period of time? And if they did lose weight, did it stay off once they stopped the diet and went back to a more normal eating style?
Here are a few of the recent fad diets. How many have you heard about? How many you've tried?
If you've tried one or more of these diets, you have plenty of company. The problem is, if a fad diet really worked, everyone would be on it, and stay on it. The fact is that fad diets don't work when it comes to helping you lose weight and keep it off.
So, if fad diets don't work what does? Quite simply, eating fewer calories than you burn. That's it. Calories really do count -- no matter what you've read in magazine articles or heard on infomercials. If you really want to lose weight and trim down, the most effective way is to eat a variety of healthful foods, exercise every day, and stop super-sizing your meals.
Variety Is Key for a Healthy DietJust as a car needs the proper gasoline to make it run, your body needs a healthy diet with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat as well as a host of other nutrients.
Vitamins and minerals regulate all bodily processes. For instance, the mineral calcium keeps bones strong and helps to prevent low bone density and fractures. Vitamin A is important to keep your skin smooth and healthy. Vitamin C helps protect your body against infection. Vitamin E stimulates the function of T-cells, which are important fighters in your immune system.
When you go on a fad diet and exclude any of the necessary nutrients, you're putting yourself at risk for illness, injury and disease. By not getting enough of a specific nutrient may not cause a problem immediately, but if it's depleted over a long period of time, you may suffer health consequences.
Practice Portion ControlResearchers have concluded that it may not be just the types of foods we're eating that is causing America's obesity epidemic, but also the portion sizes. Food servings have grown much larger over the years. And fast food restaurants aren't the only places you'll find super-sized meals.
In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers looked into foods such as hamburgers, burritos, tacos, French fries, sodas, ice cream, pie, cookies, and salty snacks. They found that between the 1970s and the 1990s, portion sizes increased dramatically -- whether people ate these foods at home or at restaurants.
In a study in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that cookies are 700% bigger than USDA standards. Also, cooked pasta, muffins, steaks, and bagels exceeded USDA standards by 480%, 333%, 224%, and 195%, respectively.
So, then just what does a healthy serving size look like? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
Losing Weight Without Fad DietsThe best diet is not actually a diet at all, but a lifestyle that lets you "eat to live," as you enjoy healthy food, exercise, and optimal health.
If you think you need to lose weight, talk with your doctor, a dietitian or a personal trainer about your ideal weight. Ask your doctor, dietitian or personal trainer the number of calories you need to lose weight and to maintain an ideal weight. Remember, to lose weight, you need to eat fewer calories than you burn.
Healthy weight loss Tips
If you need more information on weight loss and dieting, talk to your primary health care practitioner, a registered dietitian or a certified personal trainer. Also, ask friends, family, or coworkers to join you as you work to change your eating habits and pare down your weight. Sticking to a weight loss plan is much easier when you have someone to support you.
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