Losing weight isn’t as simple as announcing you are going to change your lifestyle. “Ladies and gentleman, I would like to make everyone aware that I’m going on a diet, thank you.” For starters, it’s harder than making a snap decision because it takes planning. More than that, it’s nearly impossible to know which diets are helpful and which are fads.
Because people want to lose weight, there will be individuals who try and take advantage. So, diet plans which don’t do anything but harm your well-being do exist. Of course, you want to avoid them like the plague and focus on the ones that work. But, you don’t know where to start because you’re not a personal trainer.
Here, then, are the signs to watch out for in the future.
#1: It’s A Quick Weight-Loss Program
Not only do people want to lose weight, but they want to do it as quickly as possible. So, it isn’t uncommon to get tempted by the promise of a diet which guarantees quick and easy results. Who wouldn’t want to drop a few pounds in less than two weeks? The thing is that drastic weight loss plans aren’t in line with evolution. Any respectable physician will tell you that a healthy person won’t lose more than two to three pounds per week. Even if the calorie intake is drastically low to the point of starvation, the body has a limit. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but losing weight takes time.
#2: It Guarantees Results
Another feature to watch out for is a diet which promises it will help you lose weight. In fact, some go as far as saying they are 100% infallible. Let’s get something straight – there isn’t a diet which is foolproof. The best diets get results, but they never claim to be flawless. The reason is simple: everyone is different. What works for one person might not work for another and a program should take that into account. Diets which make sweeping statements are trying to cover up their imperfections with promises. Sadly, they can’t keep them
#3: The Source Is Rock Soli
“I was speaking to X the day and he/she said this diet was fantastic.” Everyone has people they can trust, but these people aren’t dieticians. Usually, a friend hears it from a friend who got the information from, yep, another friend. Not to be cynical, but this isn’t a reliable chain in which to put your trust. The key is to research not just the diet but the source, too. Substitutions for the Military Diet or any other trend shouldn’t have a single expert who believes it is a scam. The only way to find out is to go online and check peer-reviewed journals and reputable sites. Or, you can book an appointment with a doctor/ nutritionist /dietician.
#4: It Has “Necessary” Extra
There is nothing wrong with taking supplements in a bid to lose weight. After all, the body needs a range of nutrients to maintain a healthy balance. This might include everything from vitamins A through E and cod liver oil tablets. What it shouldn’t include is a pill which has no nutritional value. Sadly, diets prey on people who believe the hype about “super pills.” Usually, the price is extortionate and the pills don’t do a thing apart from chip away at your bank balance. Unless they have clearance from the Department of Health and Human Services, they aren’t legitimate. Anyway, you should be able to replace the extras with your own versions for organic diets. Remember that upselling is the way these people make money
#5: The Diet Rules Out Food
Cutting out certain foods is good, right? Yes, cutting down on saturated fats and carbohydrates is an excellent way to burn calories. The reason for this is that they turn into fats when they are not used in time. Still, your body needs a variety of nutrients, and carbs and fats are high up on the list. Fad diets use the stigma of foods against them for their benefit, yet there is nothing wrong with either. As long as you never go overboard, your body should function without a hiccup. A diet like the Atkins diet convinced people that protein was the way forward. People cut out carbs and eat lots of meat and lost weight. However, when the diet was over, they piled the pounds on again. The moral of the story is everything in moderation.
Fake diets are difficult to spot, but the tips above should help.