With the topic of weight and obesity being a prime focus in our society, it isn’t surprising that bogus weight loss fads and diets have emerged promising results that often times cannot be fulfilled. Conflicting claims made by so-called “experts” can confuse even the most informed consumer and lead millions of people to fall prey.
Beware of any diet plans, pills or products that make the following claims:
Rapid Weight Loss
The key to successfully losing weight and keeping it off is to aim for a gradual loss of 1-2 pounds per week. This may seem like a small amount but losing weight too quickly often results in muscle loss. Muscle loss can cause your metabolism to slow down making weight loss attempts harder. With a sluggish metabolism, you will also be likely to regain any weight loss quickly afterwards.
Eliminating Entire Food Groups
All food groups have their place in the diet. Avoiding certain foods could potentially lead to the loss of critical nutrients our bodies need. Not to mention, it is often difficult to stick with such monotonous plans.
Specific Food Combinations
There is no evidence that combining certain foods will lead to more or faster weight loss, nor will it foil our efforts.
Following rigid meal plans can be overwhelming causing them to be short-term. A meal plan needs to be something you can follow for the rest of your life.
No Need to Exercise
Regular physical activity is key to maintaining good health and fitness. The best exercise is doing what you enjoy most and aiming to do it for 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week.
The best plan for obtaining and maintaining optimal health is a lifelong combination of eating smarter and moving more. Consult a registered dietitian nutritionist who will help develop a meal and exercise plan that is best for you.