Beware of Fad Diets

Recently I posted about how real an addiction to sugar is as I currently struggle with reducing my intake for health reasons. It is the New Year and the time where lots of people are exercising more and trying new diets.

It’s a popular resolution. People want to lose weight and get in shape. I get it! I do, too, but I refuse to go to extreme lengths to do so.

I discovered recently that there is a new “diet” out there where people take a shot when they wake up in the morning and it keeps them from getting hungry. I was absolutely appalled to hear about this new trend for weight loss. One person has even reported losing poundS per day (yes, I emphasized the s). That isn’t healthy at all!

I think what a lot of people are confused about is that a diet is restricting what you eat whether it’s the number of calories or certain types of foods for a brief period of time in order to lose weight. This is NOT the case.

Your diet is what you eat ALL the time. Some people have terrible diets and some people have healthy diets. If your goal is to lose weight and get in shape, you have to adjust your diet accordingly if you aren’t achieving that through your current diet and simple exercise. Most people don’t realize that they eat much bigger portions of foods than they should be. And some people don’t realize that they aren’t eating enough or the right things.

You can have the body you want by simply changing up your diet. It all depends on how active you are and exactly what you want to achieve. You should always consult with your PCP about this and possibly meet with a dietitian or nutritionist to discuss what is best for you.

A healthy diet doesn’t necessarily mean removing fats and fried foods. It’s all about being aware of how much of what you consume. So, please don’t buy into these fad diets. Most aren’t healthy and aren’t lasting.