Fad Diets

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Fad Diets –

How to Avoid One

by Arleen Temer, UIC Dietetic Intern, 1999

Any program that promises QUICK and EASY results is likely to be disappointing in the long run. Sustainable weight loss is a gradual process that requires focus on both nutrition and physical activity. Healthy weight loss is considered to be between - 1 pounds per week for women and 1 - 2 pounds per week for men. The goal is to lose body fat - not muscle and water.

Watch out for diet gimmicks that promote weight loss without reducing calories. These claims often are associated with an unregulated or unproven product sold by the company making the claim. They will offer testimonials rather than solid scientific evidence.

Be skeptical about diets that leave out entire food groups or ones that focus on eating a large quantity of any particular food. (For example: Diets that exclude carbohydrates.)

You may get short term weight loss, but you have a right to expect that your plan should protect your health and be flexible enough to follow for a lifetime. After all, your goal is not just to lose weight, you want to keep it off! 

For more information on the risks of fad diets, check out Setting the Record Straight (click under professional resources). It will give you comparisons and the risks of high protein diets, the Zone, Eating for Your Blood Type, and other fad diets. Again, your goal should be to get to a healthy weight in a healthy way, and to be able to sustain the weight.

Get Real!

If you have tried the diet books . . .

. . . tried the prepackaged meals at the diet center . . .

  . . . tried the diet pills . . .

Now is the time to try a plan that is customized for you, based on how the body really works, and tailored to your lifestyle and tastes. Contact us. Learn about how we can meet face--to-face, on the phone, or via email.



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If you have any comments or questions, email us at info@netRD.com. This page was last updated on January 09, 2010.

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