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Fad Diets

Posted on 06/12/2014

Summary

Fad diets seem to be everywhere and it seems like there's a new one that pops up practically every day! If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. And, if there's no thought involved and just a magic pill, then you must use your thinking rights to determine its validity. How can you pop a pill and lose weight? And, how is that good for your body? Thinking rights are needed to weed out the fad diets and recognize that one's health is virtually the greatest asset you have in life and it must be cared for and nurtured.

As a registered nurse turned entrepreneur, I have heard it all before. I truly believe people want to do what's right and healthy, but may not have the skill set to make those choices. And, when a fad diet comes along that can help them lose those last 10 or 20 pounds, then it sometimes is too much temptation to use their thinking rights and decide that a fad diet can't work or be maintained for a lifetime of health. In my opinion, a fad diet is one that is intended for quick weight loss that cannot possibly be continued for a lifetime.

To lose weight, it is simple. It is a matter of calories in vs. calories out. Basically, you need to expend more calories than you eat to lose weight. Portion and calorie control are key in this battle and must be utilized to be most effective in any weight loss regimen. That is what my company has done for more than twenty years now and provided people with convenient, healthy and fresh meals. No fad diet, just plain common sense! So, if you want to know what the next fad diet is, it is no fad at all, but healthy eating just like Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating offers its clients.

Background

Health and medical experts often warn their patients about fad diets. Often times those fad diets become the mainstream and are then considered as an option to fight the battle of the bulge. In my opinion, that is unfortunate when that happens and clouds the judgment of the average person trying to use his or her thinking rights about a fad diet.

On one hand, if a health or medical professional is endorsing its use, then it can't be bad…right? Well, consider this, I think nearly every fad diet has been touted at one point in time. Or, has come extremely close. But just because it may be touted by a professional does it make it right.

  • Do you know if that person has been compensated for endorsing the diet?
  • Do you know its effectiveness? Do you know what sort of independent scientific studies have been done to prove the safety and effectiveness of the diet?
  • What percentage of dieters on that fad diet have had weight loss for an extended period of time and what is their level of successful maintenance?
  • And most importantly, you must ask yourself, can you follow that fad diet for the rest of your life and does it give you all the vital nutrition you need to live a healthy life?

We all have the power of using our thinking rights and determining right from wrong. We need to be a little more selective when it comes to fad diets and make sure we're doing something that can be continued forever. Additionally, we also must make sure that we don't buy the latest and greatest just because of who's endorsing it. Do some research and investigate it before implementing such lifestyle change. And, by all means, talk to your doctor about it, since he/she should be advised before you undertake any lifestyle choice as important as your diet.