There are hundreds of diets on the market, with new ones popping up almost weekly. Very few of these diets are based on concrete scientific findings, and even fewer will actually provide weight loss help. Not sure if your diet is just a fad or will really help you lose weight? The following checklist can help you determine if your diet is a do or don’t.
Stay away from the following:
- Any diet that promises a quick fix - ‘Lose weight from your thighs in just four weeks....’ Diets that make claims such as these are obviously not backed by any real scientific evidence. You simply can’t spot reduce, and any diet that promises quick weight loss on any part of your body should be avoided. Remember, losing weight takes time and dedication.
- Diets that promote magic foods or a specific and complicated combination of food groups - following a sound diet should not be complicated or require you to purchase expensive specialty items. It’s hard to believe, but there really is no magic potion or combination of foods that will provide weight loss help. The more a diet promotes magic foods or really complicates your meal choices, the harder it will be to follow for any extended period of time. Keep it simple, silly!
- A diet that implies food can change your body chemistry - food can’t change your body’s chemistry. Your chemistry was determined at birth, so any diet that says otherwise should be avoided.
- Diets that severely restrict or eliminate food groups or nutrients - the sole purpose of food is to fuel our bodies. To do this, we need to consume food from the main food groups, which encompass the nutrients our bodies need to run efficiently. Any diet that eliminates a food group is dangerous and could result in health problems.
- A diet with very rigid rules - always remember, a diet should not rule your life. You should still be able to enjoy yourself, and eat the foods you like in moderation. Any diet that doesn’t fit into your lifestyle or allow you to eat with others will be very difficult to follow; after all, eating healthy and looking your best shouldn’t alienate you from the people you care about.
- A diet that makes claims based on a single study or testimonial - do your research before following any diet. If the diet sounds questionable or just sounds too good to be true, it likely won’t help with weight loss. Find out who is backing the diet and what their ulterior motives might be - for example, they may be promoting their line of supplements, rather than providing weight loss help.