The Truth About Fad Diets

“Lose 20 pounds in 5 days!”  “Drop 4 dress sizes instantly!” “Burn Belly Fat Fast!” “The secret to rapid weight loss!”  

These are just a few famous weight loss claims. We’ve all heard them–whether it’s on a TV advertisement, magazine cover or radio ad. These claims all sound great—almost too great to be true! And they probably are.

Fad diets come and go– Keto, Atkins, very low calorie are just a few.  An individual following these diets may see rapid weight loss at first. However, this initial weight loss is not a sustainable nor healthy. The body needs a certain amount of calories and certain type of nutrients to perform at its best. Often,  fad diets eliminate major nutrient groups that the body needs for optimal function. 

Healthy Habits Last a Lifetime 

I refuse to use the word “diet” when working with individuals. It carries a rigid demeanor and makes me envision a plan that doesn’t allow for any flexibility or occasional treats. No.Thank.You!  If someone is wanting to lose weight, I encourage  gradual weight loss achieved through creating sustainable, achievable habits that will last a life time! Before starting a new “diet plan”, ask yourself the question: “Can I realistically follow this for the rest of my life time?” Although it may sound feasible at the time, never eating a carb again, or only consuming 1000 calories per day is not sustainable!

Skinny isn’t always healthy

Sure, weight loss is a great goal. And if done correctly, major health benefits will follow with weight loss. However, the body thrives on certain nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The antioxidants and phytochemical found in fruits and veggies also a major role in keeping people healthy. It’s important to keep in mind that healthy is different from losing weight. When weight is lost through cutting out major food groups, the diet may not necessarily be healthy. 

Registered Dietitian’s help safely achieve goals! 

A Registered Dietitian’s are experts at providing individuals with fact based nutrition knowledge and helping create a healthy, sustainable diet that can last a life time!

Although most dietitians won’t guarantee you will drop 7 dress sizes in one week, they can help with the following:

  • Up-to-date, science based nutrition knowledge on the latest health topics
  • Help creating a plan for health, weight loss, athletic performance, etc… that will bring results though healthy methods
  • Help with setting short term and long term goals
  • Help client’s overcome barriers to health and weight loss
  • Identify areas that trigger setbacks
  • Determine a balanced meal plan that has all important food groups, vitamins and minerals
  • Help achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle that last forever!

 

 

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