The Truth about Fad Diets: Part 2

In my previous blog, I talked about fad diets, what they are and how to steer clear of them. In this blog I hope to be able to give you all good tips on how to be healthy and keep extra weight off.

Have you ever started a diet and then just decided that it was too hard, or you were tired of eating cabbage soup every day? You wanted to lose weight but couldn’t stick with a “no-carb” diet? Maybe you heard about a new diet that seemed simpler and your friends all told you how great it worked. So you tried this new diet, but only to give up again. This can become a cycle of dieting that can de-motivate you. You aren’t reaching your weight loss and fitness goals. Why is dieting so discouraging? Maybe you are going about it the wrong way.

I propose that, instead of starting and stopping all these fad diets that sound too good to be true, you start a pattern of healthy eating and supplement it with physical activity instead. I don’t promise that you will shed pounds in just a couple days. But I will say that if you get in this habit, you will have a healthy lifestyle and will reach your fitness goals much more effectively. This lifestyle has been proven time after time, to help people reach a state of health and well-being and often lose a large amount of weight to come to that state.

So how do you “eat healthy”? I’m not going to give you a list of foods to eat or not eat. But an important part is eating a variety of food that will provide you with the nutrients you need. Also, avoid eating more calories than you need per day. There is something that dietitians call “empty calories.” These are things you eat that have more calories than they have nutritional value. They are foods that don’t have many nutrients (vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, etc.) but have a lot of calories. Instead of eating these foods, try to eat more nutrient dense foods. This just means that they have a lot of nutritional value for the calories they have. They are the opposite of empty calories. For example, foods like oatmeal, whole wheat bread, grilled chicken, spinach, sweet potatoes, and bananas are all nutrient dense. Other foods like some cakes, potato chips, and cookies are not nutrient dense. These are not lists of foods to eat and not eat, but they are principles to help you make good decisions on what to eat more often.

Some more healthy eating tips are eating healthy snacks between meals, drinking a lot of water, and eating a colorful diet. When you consume carbs, try to make sure they are whole grain and nutrient dense. You have probably heard these things before, but that is because they work. They’ve been working for people for years. I haven’t come up with a “new diet.” I am just encouraging you to follow the healthy eating advice you have heard before. It may not be as fast as you would like, but it is worth it in the end! And it works. Isn’t that what is important, after all?

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