Everyone has heard of “fad” diets that promise quick and easy weight loss. They often sound too good to be true, and are all the rage for
a moment in time. The problem with these types of diets, however, is that the weight loss is usually short lived. After the “diet” ends,
the weight comes back and you are left right where you started. This cycle of weight loss and weight gain can often lead to feelings of
helplessness and defeat.
A better way of managing your weight is to focus on lifestyle changes that you will be able to stick with long term. Losing weight slowly
is healthier for your mind and body, and you will be more likely to keep it off!
Below are 3 key things to look for when deciding if a
“diet plan” is going to be a quick fix or a truly healthful way of life.
Sounds too good to be true
(It probably is!) Remember that losing 1-2 pounds a week is a steady and healthy rate of weight loss, so anything that promises much more than that is usually just a quick fix and the weight will not stay off long term.
Omitting one or more specific food groups
A well balanced diet leaves room for all food groups, and focuses more on portion size and moderation of foods that are less healthy.
Very strict rules for eating
Remember that when making lifelong healthy changes, flexibility is key. Any diet that does not allow for flexibility in your eating patterns
is most likely not going to be a proper long term plan. Life happens, events come up at the last minute…so it is important to be flexible
and adjust your eating accordingly so these things don’t throw you off completely.
Try to stay away from these types of diets, and use the H.E.A.L.T.H. website to create a balanced eating plan that will help you reach your
weight goals and learn to make lifelong healthy changes!
For more info, check out our
Ultimate Diet Comparison
to see how the most popular diet plans and styles stack up against each other.