Fad Diets, Do They Work?

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When considering a new diet plan, always educate yourself. Know the positives and negatives of the different diets. Here are some popular diets and what to watch Composition with variety of grocery products isolated on whiteout for. When giving advice to my clients I always ask “will you be able to maintain a particular diet that has a lot of restriction?” For successful long term weight loss, focus on making permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits.

Paleo – this diet focuses on eating lean meats, fruits, vegetables and nuts, some say “eating like a caveman”. If you can’t hunt it or gather it you don’t eat it.  It seems pretty healthy, but there is one important elements missing. Whole grains are eliminated from this diet. Whole grains can lower your risk for chronic diseases and contain fiber which is important in keeping you full longer. Dairy is also eliminated…say bye bye to cheese!
Low Carb – carbohydrates are the primary fuel for your body. Depriving your body of carbs forces it into a state ketosis, in which the digestive systems converts protein and fat into glucose instead. Overtime this diet may result in bone loss and muscle breakdown. Cutting out carbs can lead to a major nutritional imbalance.
Meal replacements – this is where my question “can you maintain this diet” comes into play. Yes, you may lose weight by drinking shakes or eating bars instead of an actual meal, but this can be challenging for most people to maintain, and often times you will gain back more than you lost.

If you are struggling with weight loss and it helps to have a guide to follow the next two diets are well balanced lifestyle diets that can help you get on track and maintain your weight loss.

Mediterranean – this is a heart healthy diet that incorporates the basics of healthy eating with a splash of olive oil and even a little red wine. This is a diet that the whole family can eat with a wide variety of food choices.
Low-Glycemic – the glycemic index is a scientific way of looking at how the carbohydrates in foods effect blood-glucose levels. This essentially is how a diabetic should eat or how we should all be eating. This is another diet that the whole family can eat with a wide variety of food choices.

NUTRITION 101 – Rules to live by:

Eat a variety of healthy foods such as whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats
Drink plenty of water
Mange your stress level
Exercise
Get enough sleep

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