Saturday, December 5, 2009

Diets Don't work

You can't walk into a book store without seeing shelves of books on how to lose weight. Titles all try to grab your attention with promises of how to lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks, and get into a smaller dress size by Saturday night. These "diet" plans seem too good to pass up, and many of us (including your trainer) have bought into at least one of these gimmicks.

You name it, I've tried it: South Beach (I was off and on phase 1 for about 2 yrs), Atkins, The Zone, Body for Life, and yes, even the Cabbage Soup Diet. I would lose after a week or two of deprivation - get into some smaller sizes - go back to regular life, and gain it all some more. There is no way to maintain eating like that in the real world, and what you are losing when you do those type of programs is water weight and lean muscle mass. It's a vicious cycle when you are in the midst of those type of "diets" and what's worked for me is good old fashioned exercise and smart food choices. Eating small portions throughout the day to keep metabolism up, drinking enough water and including filling fibers and proteins do the trick.

Don't buy in to the fad diet of the might work temporarily, but the lasting effects on your metabolism and the possible loss of lean muscle mass which takes hard work and time to build, isn't worth it! Eat right, exercise and drink enough water, and even though it will take longer to lose than a fad diet - you will keep it off and be healthier for it!


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