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March 10, 2008 at 4:56 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

The Dangers Of Fad Dieting


Everyone knows about fad diets. Many of us have even tried one or many. But they never seem to last. Either we lack the discipline to stick to such a difficult, restricted diet or we give up from hunger and end up binging. The problem with fad diets is that they're only effective in the short term; they're not long term solutions.

Ditch Those Fad Diets

It's easy to be seduced by a fad diet. They promise a lot, so long as you can fulfill their requirements. Think of fad diets as fairy tales; we tend to fall for this romantic notion of what reality is. Consider the mythic fame of Santa Claus, Prince Charming and the Man in the Moon. They sound beautiful, but we all know the truth. They're pretty ideas hiding empty promises. Remember these diets: Atkins, the Zone, South Beach, grapefruit, cabbage soup.

Signs of a Fad Diet

Not sure your diet is a fad? Here are some easy ways to tell:

  • It promises a weight loss of more than 2-4 pounds per week
  • It asks you to eat only one or two foods
  • It promises a quick fix
  • It sounds too easy
  • It tells you not to eat from certain food groups
  • It's illogical

Welcome Back To The Real World

Real life is not so exciting. In real life we have to deal with jobs, stress, family problems, health problems, money problems and emotions. Real life makes it difficult to stick to a diet of any kind, let alone simply paying the bills on time or buying groceries. A real diet takes time and work and commitment.

The Big Secret

Want to know the big secret none of the other diets will tell you? The secret that promises to change your life? You have to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight. That means you have to eat fewer calories than you burn in any given day. The secret to losing weight and maintaining weight loss is through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

You Can Do It

You can, really. Think of your weight loss as a lifestyle change, a commitment to your health and your body. Exercising can be fun. Really. Find a class you enjoy, meet up with a friend. Take a walk with your kids or go sledding. Vary your routine frequently so you don't get bored. Experiment with new foods you'se never tried. Find a new recipe to make each week. Try new fruits and vegetables you'se never had before and explore the possibilities of whole grains, lentils and wild rice. Maintain your focus. Remember that you are working for a long term solution and it may take time to establish habits. Be sure to have fun with what you're doing.

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