Losing weight is a popular New Year's Resolution. But think hard about how you intend to achieve that goal. Face it: Fad Diets are attractive because they engage hope with empty promises of rapid weight loss. But by the time you have spent way too much money, your short-term weight loss typically comes back with a vengeance. Why? Fad Diets are not long-term plans for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.
Fad Diets that rely on eliminating or reducing entire food groups, such as fats or carbohydrates, or that are based entirely on consuming large amounts of one type of food (think: grapefruit diet, watermelon diet, soybean diet) deprive your body of necessary nutritional elements and send your metabolism, energy, and mood into a tailspin. In some cases, the body may even conserve fat because it thinks it is starving!
So what does a healthy weight loss plan look like? Healthy weight loss incorporates long-term lifestyle changes that include balanced daily nutrition, regular exercise, and coping skills to help prevent backslide. Once you have made the commitment to lose weight, a great place to start is with the help of your doctor.
Your doctor can evaluate your height, weight, and body mass index, as well as consider your health conditions and obesity-related health risk factors. Your doctor can help you set realistic weight loss goals and refer you to appropriate resources, as well as monitor your progress with regular follow-up appointments. The bottom line is that Fad Diets don't work and can be unhealthy. Healthy weight loss is possible by collaborating with a reliable expert, such as your doctor.