You have heard it all before. Every few months there’s a new diet, or pill, or potion that will be the solution to your weight loss worries. Start out your new year by not wasting your time, money, or health on these fat reduction scams. Here are some tips to help you see through the empty promises:
1). It’s easy and fast. The truth is it takes some work to lose weight, and you should not expect to lose more than two pounds a week. Lose weight safely and focus on keeping important nutrients in your diet.
2). There is no need to account for your food intake or to exercise. Actually, keeping food records is a very effective way to lose body fat because it makes you pay attention to what and how much you eat. Exercise not only burns calories, but it helps make changes at the DNA level that promotes the loss of body fat ( exercise changes fat and muscle cells).
3). Supplements aid in weight loss and muscle building. Be warned, nutritional supplements can be hazardous to your health. Certain workout-booster and fat-burning products, sold in recent years by “health food stores” like GNC and its competitors, are illegal and may bring about serious health hazards to consumers. (NYT FDA Warnings).
4). Never eat these foods, or you should totally eliminate this food group from your diet. Remember, your eating plan needs to be part of a permanent lifestyle change to be effective. Eliminating certain foods you enjoy or excluding whole food groups sets you up for failure and may cause dangerous nutrient deficiencies.
5). You are overweight or experiencing illnesses due to food allergies. A popular scam right now is for a “nutritionist” or some other practitioner to recommend expensive blood tests that suggest you may be “sensitive” or allergic to various foods. The practitioner will then require that you purchase special diet plans or supplements. If you suspect you have a food allergy, see an allergist who specializes in food allergies. The diagnosis process requires numerous tests that a only a doctor should perform. Keep in mind that it is rare for an individual to be allergic to more than 2 foods. (http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/Tests/allergytests.html)
Be smart about the best way to lose body fat. It takes some meal planning and an active lifestyle to do it right. Remember the old adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.” Seek out a registered dietitian to get credible nutrition advice. For more detailed information, call Carol Lapin, MS, RD at 713-932-8888.