As our society is so focused on weight, many people become victims of fad diets and, weight-products that simply don’t work. ‘Experts’ offer varying claims, hype statements, and testimonials, all of which contradict material from other ‘experts. It’s confusing for even the most well-informed consumers. Essentially, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Here is the truth. There’s no food that will burn fat or alter your genetic code. No pill will melt fat away while you sleep. Some of the ingredients in these pills, supplements, or products can be dangerous, and some can even be fatal for some people.
Any supplement, pill or product that makes any of the following claims should be avoided.
Fast Weight Loss
Losing weight quickly means that you’re also losing muscle, bone, and water. It also means that you’ll probably gain the weight back again. You need to eat in a way that leaves you feeling nourished and satisfied.
Limitations and Quantities
Any diet that limits most foods, but encourages unlimited amounts of specific foods, such as grapefruit or cabbage soup, should be avoided. Any diet that restricts or removes a whole food group, or macronutrients, such as carbohydrates, should also be avoided. Eating the same thing repeatedly is boring which means it’s hard to stick to it, and removing food groups, and macronutrients mean that you’ll be missing out on some critical nutrients.
Combinations of Specific Foods
Eating specific foods together or eating foods at specific times will not help with weight loss. Eating the ‘wrong’ food combination will not increase weight gain or produce intestinal toxins. Despite what some diet plans claim, it’s simply not true.
Strict meal plans and limited food choices will complicate your life. It restricts your options both at home and when you’re eating out. Any time you look at a new diet, think about if you could stick to it for the rest of your life. If you think you couldn’t, or that you just wouldn’t want to, then it’s not for you.
Any diet that claims you don’t need regular exercise should be avoided. Exercise is needed to be healthy. Find activities you like and enjoy, then try to do 30 – 60 minutes on most days.
If you want to build your strength up, then you need a combination of strength building exercises and a nutritious diet plan. A registered dietitian nutritionist can help you with a personalized plan focused on your lifestyle, and preferences. Contact me today to get started on my Treadmill to Fitness program.