Already planning on starting that next diet that will help you lose the weight and get healthier? The one that is sure to work this time, once and for all? We are bombarded by fad diet clutter in books, magazines, online articles/ads, and TV commercials this time of year. Not to mention our co-workers, family members, and friends that tell us about their latest greatest solution that worked for them and is sure to work for us. The next time you are tempted to try the next diet trend pause and ask yourself these few questions.
Is it backed by any scientific study? If you want a “diet” to follow, find one that is backed by scientific evidence not just some celebrity’s opinion or some “expert’s” desire to add to their bank account by taking advantage of the multi-billion dollar diet industry.
Is it sustainable? If you are miserable and starving while trying – or even successful – at losing weight then it will not be something you can do long term and you will regain the weight. Very rarely do people successfully keep weight off long term with extreme measures (Biggest Loser come to mind?). To lose weight and keep it off for the long haul everyday habits have to gradually become healthier.
Is it safe? The extreme measures that some people will go to lose weight – weight loss medications, starvation – can be dangerous for your health, no matter what the person trying to sell it to you says.
Every fad diet we do and then fail at just depletes our confidence reinforcing our notion that becoming that lighter, healthier version of ourselves is impossible. What we don’t realize though is that failure is pretty much a built in certainty if we’ve answered no to any of the questions above.
Instead of starting the latest trend or following the latest diet book to be released, find out what well informed experts know works for long term results. Two great plans I highly recommend are the DASH diet (named best overall diet by the U.S. News & World Report panel of physicians and registered dietitians for 6 years running) and The Volumetrics Diet. Both of these are backed by evidence, sustainable, and safe.
Need some guidance putting them or other healthy habits into practice? Let me help. After all, who wants to struggle and suffer to lose the weight for it just to come right back? Don’t buy into quick fix gimmicks. It is possible to care for yourself in a healthy way without starvation and deprivation. If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.