It’s getting to be that time of the year… diet season. Right now decorations are going up and people are getting festive by baking and sharing holiday treats for all to enjoy. Right now you aren’t even thinking about being healthy or following your weight loss plan, instead you’re enjoying the plethora snacks.
The truth is, it could save you a few extra pounds to lose with your New Year’s resolution by not overdoing it right now and staying focused. Honestly, this is a rarity and too many of us fall into temptation. So, I want to help you remember a few things when trying to lose weight. My biggest advice would be to avoid fad diets. How do you know if you are falling into a fad diet?
How to Spot a Fad Diet
1. Ridiculous and unhealthy claims, or promising a quick fix (i.e. “lose 10 pounds in a week”).
2. Claims that sound too good to be true.
3. Detox diets (yes, you will lose weight and may feel a little better about yourself, but once you begin eating food and not just juices or fruit, you will gain the weight right back).
4. Highly restrictive calories. For most people, roughly anything below 1200 calories can be too restrictive and unhealthy.
5. Claiming only one food or a certain food group will be the answer to all your weight loss questions.
6. Avoiding a specific food or food group.
7. Portions will be skewed. They will either have you consuming absurd amounts of something or promising the tiniest amount will cure you.
It’s important to treat your body right by eating healthy and regularly exercising. Don’t take the (what appears to be) easy way out! You will be greatly disappointed when you gain back the weight you lost and possibly more. Stick to the basics – eat healthy, eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, and eat a variety! What you put into your body now will directly impact how healthy your body is later.