How to Stay Away from Fad Diets

We’ve all heard it before, but it’s the truth – if a diet or weight loss product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The below are a few claims that should raise the red flag and that you ought to steer clear of:

Rapid Weight Loss
Slow, steady weight loss is more likely to last than dramatic weight loss. Healthy plans aim for a loss of no more than ½ pound to 1 pound per week. If you lose weight quickly, you are likely to lose muscle, bone and water. You also will be more likely to regain the pounds quickly afterwards.

Quantities and Limitations
Ditch diets that allow unlimited quantities of any food. It’s boring to always eat the same thing and hard to stick with monotonous plans. Avoid any diet that eliminates or severely restricts entire food groups. With any new diet, always ask yourself, “Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?” If the answer is no, the plan is not for you.

No Need to Exercise
The key to success is to find physical activities that you enjoy and then to aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days of the week.
If you want to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose fat, the best path is a lifelong combination of eating smarter and moving more!
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