When it comes to losing weight, everyone's in
search of a magic bullet. But don't fall for the
hype. Unfortunately, there's no short-term fix
for long lasting weight loss.
To Identify These Six Red Flags:
1. Diets that promote or promise drastic
When you start a diet, you can potentially drop
a lot of weight during the first two weeks (some
of which will be water weight). However, if you
lose more than two pounds per week in the weeks
that follow, you run the risk of losing "muscle
mass," and your metabolism will slow down in response.
That's why true health experts advocate losing
weight slowly and gradually - so you melt away
fat while sparing precious muscle.
2. Diets that claim to work because
of special supplements, creams, or potions - no
diet or exercise required!
Or diets that make you buy mega supplements in
order to follow the program. If it sounds too
good to be true, it is!
3. Diets that differ entirely from
the way you currently eat (or like to eat).
If a plan is incompatible with your lifestyle,
chances are slim you'll stick with it.
4. Diets that are less than 1,000 calories.
Too difficult to sustain and can often leave
you cranky, irritable, and with a bad headache.
Not to mention hungry and lethargic.
5. Diets that claim they are effortless.
There's no such animal. Losing weight takes focus
and effort. Period.
6. Diets that cut out entire food groups,
or focus on only a few foods.
Not realistic for the long haul; the sign of
a plan you're soon to go off.
Ultimately, there is no long-term gain or short
cut to maintaining a healthy weight. A sensible
nutrition plan and daily exercise is all the common
sense you need to avoid diets forever.