What you’re eating to lose weight is not good for you, despite what empty promises you may have been given. If you’re losing weight with the latest fad diet but aren’t able to keep it off, there is a reason for that.
Crash diets aren’t meant to keep the weight off, but instead only act as a temporary fix for the underlying problem. Here’s what to know about your diet so that you can adjust it to fit your health needs for the rest of your life.
Fad diets are Not Realistic
• Fad diets are not meant to give you long-lasting results, but short-term ones.
• The occasional diet plan will provide lifestyle changes and get you moving in the right direction; however, for the majority of tempting fad diets, they’ll require that you pump your body full of special proprietary diet foods, which are actually loaded with chemicals, toxins and artificial sweeteners.
• When you eat their low-cal, fat-free and zero-sugar foods and drinks, you’re not losing weight the healthy way. You may lose a little weight initially, but it’s not fat you’re losing. It’s only a few pounds of water weight.
Sugar-Free Diet Drinks Increase Sugar Cravings
• Sugar-free drinks and zero-calorie sodas are loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce, let alone identify – and that includes artificial sweeteners like sucrose, aspartame and Splenda.
• While you may feel good drinking something that contains zero calories, fat, or even sugar, studies have shown that the drawbacks far outweigh the positives.
• Side effects of diet soda include obesity, leg cramps and even heart disease!
If It Seems Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is!
• It isn’t realistic to lose 20 lbs. in a month, and if your diet plan promises that, beware.
• Doctors recommend not to shoot for more than 2 lbs. a week – that amount will give you not only an achievable goal, but a healthy one.
• Losing weight too quickly isn’t easy on your body, and the process of burning fat will leave you feeling depleted and starved of nutrients.
Dieting is about Achieving Instant Gratification
• To lose weight in a healthy way that you can maintain month after month and year after year, you must eat every 3-4 hours with small meals of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, complex carbs and fiber.
• Stick to a balanced diet, restricting calories in moderation. Eat 1200–1500 calories a day minimum.
• Hydrate yourself throughout the day – shoot for more than the recommended eight 8-ounce cups of water.
“Diet” Foods Are Usually Worse than the Real Stuff
• Diet foods are tempting with zero sugar, low calories and little fat, as they are apt to put all over the labels. But in place of that stuff your body craves are chemical-engineered toxins and other lab-manufactured flavors.
• Diet foods also lead you to believe that you can eat more since it’s not that bad for you, but that mindset means you’re likely to overeat and gain more weight over time than you started with.
The Bottom Line . . .
If you are tired of giving into the latest fad diet, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are playing into and paying into this billion dollar weight-loss market. Skip the dieting altogether, and learn how to eat healthfully by making it a lifestyle. Develop a nutritious eating plan one step at a time, and soon enough you’ll notice you’re no longer filling your grocery cart with processed foods.