Change Your Approach to Weight Loss: Tips to Avoid “Fad” Diets

Do you want to lose weight?

It’s hard to avoid the myriad of diet advice that is on social media and in magazines. Not to mention the well-meaning advice from family and friends that share their latest and greatest advice regarding the “best” diet to try.

The diet industry is a 70.3 billion dollar business that unfortunately doesn’t always offer the best guidance or frankly long-term weight loss results for individuals.

How many times you have you tried a diet only to lose the weight and unsuccessfully maintain the weight loss?  

Avoiding fad diets is important. They are a waste of time, energy, money and often not nutritionally balanced or a healthy approach to improving habits.

Here are 5 Red Flags that the diet you are considering might be a fad diet:

  1. It requires you to spend a lot of money on special foods and/or supplements.
  2. Promises a quick fix or a rapid weight loss.
  3. Offers testimonials (before/after) pictures instead of evidenced-based or published scientific explanation of results.
  4. Extremely restrictive on either caloric intake and/or food choices.
  5. Sounds too good to be true.

If you answer “yes” to any of the above questions than you might be considering a fad diet.

 Weight loss is difficult because making sustainable dietary and behavioral changes is challenging. Environmental, physiological and psychological components all play a role in dietary habits and behaviors. Fad diets are temporary solutions to a long-term issue. The truth is there are many different ways to eat a healthy and nourishing diet. A healthy diet looks different for everyone and is influenced by cultural, lifestyle, and health factors.

Change Your Approach to Weight Loss

Instead focusing on trying the next diet for weight loss consider a different approach. Focus on creating a better relationship with food to improve health. I often encourage clients that participate in the wellness center program to focus on the process goals (the process of improving health habits) versus only an outcome goal like weight loss. Focusing on the process of improving your health and wellness includes more than just food. It includes getting adequate rest, moving your body to get needed physical activity and managing stress. 

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