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6 Diets to Avoid

When it comes to losing weight, everyone’s in search of a magic bullet. But don’t fall for the hype. Unfortunately, there’s no short-term fix for long lasting weight loss.

So learn to identify these six red flags:

1. Diets that promote or promise drastic weight loss.

When you start a diet, you can potentially drop a lot of weight during the first two weeks (some of which will be water weight). However, if you lose more than two pounds per week in the weeks that follow, you run the risk of losing “muscle mass,” and your metabolism will slow down in response. That’s why true health experts advocate losing weight slowly and gradually – so you melt away fat while sparing precious muscle.

2. Diets that claim to work because of special supplements, creams, or potions – no diet or exercise required!

Or diets that make you buy mega supplements in order to follow the program. If it sounds too good to be true, it is!

3. Diets that differ entirely from the way you currently eat (or like to eat).

If a plan is incompatible with your lifestyle, chances are slim you’ll stick with it.

4. Diets that are less than 1,000 calories.

Too difficult to sustain and can often leave you cranky, irritable, and with a bad headache. Not to mention hungry and lethargic.

5. Diets that claim they are effortless.

There’s no such animal. Losing weight takes focus and effort. Period.

6. Diets that cut out entire food groups, or focus on only a few foods.

Not realistic for the long haul; the sign of a plan you’re soon to go off.

From Joy’s Healthy Bite

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2 Responses to “6 Diets to Avoid”

  1. Zander says:

    I have a slight issue with your first statement.. Plenty of personal trainers will have you go through a “cleanse” when starting a new workout program.

    On the second season of Celebrity Fit Club, Dr. Ian even alluded to the fact that the contestants had gone through some kind of cleanse when they started the season.

    • Nicole says:

      I don’t disagree with you.. My point was that solutions like that aren’t a long-term solution. My husband actually used the Acai Burn Detox program to shed a bunch of weight when he started working out again. He was able to drop 7-10 pounds in the first week or so, and it was a great motivator for him to continue working out.

      The trap most people fall into (myself included), is that you work out and eat right for the first week, and you don’t see any results. Then you get discouraged, and you give up. But if you kick-start your workout plan with one of these detox programs, you’ll lose some weight in the beginning, and the improvements should help keep you motivated.

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