Quick weight-loss or fad diets don’t work. These usually come with dramatic promises of weight loss in a set time. The weight you lose at the beginning is mostly water, not fat. This does not result in long term weight loss. In fact, some of these diets are actually harmful to your health. If you are evaluating diets now, be aware of these sales pitches and stay clear:
1. Guarantees you lose a certain number of pounds per week, especially more than two pounds.
2. Recommends supplements to make up for loss of vitamins and nutrients.
3. Omits a whole food group like a no carb diets. Remember fruits and veggies are carbohydrates.
4. Rationalizes its diet is healthy according to a new or complicated theory.
5. Suggest a daily caloric intake of less than 1200 calories unless you are under the supervision of a doctor.
Everyone wants to lose weight as fast as possible with as little effort as possible–that’s human nature. But, everyone who has lost weight just to gain it back is aware of how frustrating and complicating it can be. You certainly don’t want to risk malnutrition or short term weight loss that quickly returns from dieting. You certainly don’t want to set yourself up for failure anymore.
When I was teaching the psychology of eating at the weight reduction clinic, weight loss was introduced as a healthy lifestyle change, not a quick fix. This involved evaluating your entire life to see where unhealthy behaviors occur. Some people had foodie friends or family that needed to adapt to healthier ways. So, they became involved in the support part of the program even if they don’t diet themselves. Our diet program encouraged a mind set for positive adaptability to a new diet, an exercise routine, and social support from friends and family. The team approach proved to be much more successful than going it alone.
My two favorites diets are the Mediterranean and the Okinawa diets because of the longevity qualities–a particular interest of mine. But, today’s diets are designed for your individual physiological needs. Nutritionalists construct diets to address cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes, and even things like anemia. So, the best diet for you is not whats in vogue today.
Your diet should be based on your ancestry of medical illness passed down, your current physiological needs (i.e., high blood pressure, etc) and your individual health goals for the future. Some people just want to lose weight while others may want to control diabetes or cholesterol. If you’re serious about dieting the healthiest way, then make an appointment with a dietitian or nutritionist and let them recommend a plan based on your personal needs. L. Johnson