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Losing Weight Without Fad Diet


Losing Weight Without Fad Diets


If you've followed a fad diet, you have plenty of company. But have you been able to stay on these deprivation diets for a long time? And if you did lose weight, did the pounds stay off once you went back to your usual way of eating?

The truth is fad diets don't work to help you keep the weight you lose off long-term.

So what does work? Here's some simple, straightforward advice.

Variety Is Key

Just as a car needs the proper gasoline to make it run, a body needs a healthy diet to develop properly. That means the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat -- as well as a host of other nutrients.

When you go on a fad diet and exclude necessary nutrients, you're putting yourself at risk for becoming ill. Getting too little of  any nutrient may not cause an immediate problem. But if it's lacking for a long time, you may find you have health problems.

Practice Portion Control

America's obesity epidemic may not come solely from the type of foods people eat but also from the portion sizes. Food servings have grown larger and larger over the years. And fast food restaurants aren't the only places you'll find super-sized meals. Researchers have noted that from 1970 through the 1990s, portion sizes of foods such as hamburgers, burritos, tacos, French fries, sodas, ice cream, pie, cookies, and salty snacks increased -- whether the foods were eaten at home or at restaurants.

Just what does a healthy serving size look like? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

Here are some more tips to help with portion (and calorie) control:

Simple Strategies for Losing Weight

The best diet is not a diet at all but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise, and healthy habits. 

If you need more information on weight loss and dieting, talk to your health care provider or a registered dietitian. Ask your doctor about your "ideal" weight and the number of calories you need to lose pounds and maintain an ideal weight. 

Also, ask friends, family, or coworkers to join you as you work to change your eating habits and pare down your weight. Sticking to a weight loss plan is much easier when you have someone to support you.