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Watch Out for Fad Diets
Considering making some changes to your diet to reach your health and fitness goals this New Year? Eating healthier is a great place to start, but make sure to watch out for fad diets, which may result in short term weight loss, but can be ineffective and even dangerous in the long run.
Here are 3 red flags that may be indicators of a fad diet.
- Be wary of any diet or eating plan that calls for you to cut out an entire food group or all your favorite foods. All foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle when consumed in moderation, the correct portion sizes, and balanced with physical activity.
- Stay away from diets or eating plans that require you to be supplements, shakes, or other specific food products rather than letting you eat regular, balanced whole foods.
- Be cautious of diets or eating plans that promise quick weight-loss. Studies show that people who lose weight quickly are more likely to gain it all back plus some. A healthy weight loss rate is losing between a half pound and 2 pounds per week.