Thursday, October 20, 2011

Food For Life Not Fad Diets

I read this Tip of the Day from the American Dietetic Association and wanted to share it with you:

Say No to the Dangers of Fad Diets

Each year millions of people give fad diets and bogus weight-loss products a try. With little information and tons of seemingly positive testimonials, it is hard to differentiate fact from fad for even the most informed consumers. If planning to start a diet, remember these important tips:
  • Slow weight loss is key. You should not aim to lose over one pound per week. You will not keep the pounds off if you rapidly lose weight on an unhealthy fad diet.
  • Quantities and limitations. Never try a diet that encourages you to only eat a certain food group, like protein, or eliminate a food group all together, like grains. You need a balance of all food groups to stay healthy.
  • Specific combinations. Eating specific foods at certain times of the day has not been proven to help you lose weight, as well as eating certain combinations of food won't lead you to lose weight either.
The best way to lose weight is to eat a balanced diet in moderation. For a personalized plan to help you lose weight in a healthful and smart way, consult a registered dietitian in your area, and check out our guide to healthy weight loss and identifying fad diets.

There are no magic formulas or secrets to health and weight loss.  For most people the challenge is changing behaviours and habits and finding ways to make the changes fit into their busy life.  Many fad diets use grand promises and testimonials, but don't get on the roller coaster of diet after diet after diet...  Even though it is the diet that is the problem, people tend to blame themselves.  Let's find a way to make sustainable change in your life!

Steph Wheler, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching