You Can Lose Weight Effectively by Avoiding Fad Diets

Have you seen the advertising that promises you can lose weight quickly by following their diet plan? For your own health and safety, avoid all fad diets and junk food. Not only are fad diets ineffective, but they can also be dangerous. Losing weight the healthy way is the best way to shed those extra pounds and keep them off.

The proven way for losing weight is to burn more calories than you consume. You can do this in a healthy way, but it will take time and effort. Diets that sound too good to be true, are indeed too good to be true.

Watch for These Signs of a Fad Diet:

• Promises of quick weight loss and huge amounts of it are sure signs of a fad diet. You might lose weight at the beginning, but it won’t last. Experts suggest losing no more than two pounds per week for safe and lasting weight loss

• Fad diets suggest removing an entire food group from your meals. That is a bad idea because without a balanced diet, you will not get the nutrients you need for optimum health.

Health professionals recommend a healthy eating plan that:

• Emphasize eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products

• Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts

• Is low in saturated fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars

Here is what you can do to lose weight effectively:

• Exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week

• Eat small portions by using smaller plates and bowls and don’t go back for seconds

• Keep a regular eating schedule, don’t skip meals and include a variety of foods in your diet

• Avoid soda and baked goods

• Always eat whole natural foods and avoid processed foods

• Grill, steam and bake rather than fry foods

• Eat slowly and put your fork down between bites

It would be a good idea to check your Body Mass Index sometimes.

Body Mass Index is a measurement of body fat based on height and weight. It is simply a guide.
If it is below 18.5 you are underweight. If it is between 18.5 and 24.9, that is normal. You are overweight if it is between 25 and 29.5 and obese if above 30.

Remember, if you have to lose weight, do it the safe and healthy way.

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