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Considering a Diet? Beware!

With spring break around the corner and summer not far after that, getting into shape is always at the top of the mind. Here’s my advice on fad dieting and the effects of an all-too-common “Yo-Yo Diet”.

Fad diets are everywhere — in books, magazine articles, internet sites — and sometimes, they can seem very tempting. The truth is: diets don’t work. In fact, Cooper Clinic views “diet” as a four letter word.

So, you’ve been on a diet, or in many cases a slew of them. When they stop working doesn’t it leave you disappointed? Really, you didn’t fail, the diet failed you. In the short run, you may lose an exciting 20 pounds in one month, but the diet is not sustainable. When you give up because it’s too hard to follow, those 20 pounds (and more) creep back up on your belly and thighs. It’s simple human nature.

The good news is you don’t have to give up your favorites because all foods can fit. Also, think of this as a marathon, not a race. You have to believe in yourself. You will get to the finish line and meet your goal, even if it takes longer than you expect or want it to. The weight didn’t come on overnight so it will take time to lose.

Five tips to avoid diet traps:

    1. Diet? Don’t do it!
    2. Don’t restrict, you are guaranteed to rebel!
    3. Think of this as a “healthy meal plan” not a “diet”.
    4. Meet with a registered and licensed dietitian.
    5. Balance carbs, protein, and fat in the right proportions to feel great and lose weight.

What fad diets have you fallen prey to? What did you learn from your experience?

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