Don’t Be Tricked by Fad Diets

Don’t Be Tricked by Fad Diets

I’m frequently asked what I think of this or that diet. Is this one better than that one? How much red meat is really healthy in one day? Does this food really burn fat?

With 200 million overweight or obese adults in the U.S., it’s easy to understand the appeal of most popular diets—quick and easy weight loss. It’s also easy to be confused about diets. One person on a high-carbohydrate, low-fat vegetarian diet drops several dress sizes and 25 pounds in a few months. Another person tries a high-protein/high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet and loses the same. How can such differing approaches work equally well?

Without examining whether one approach is healthier than another, you need to understand that when it comes to simple weight loss, it’s not about the nutrients being offered by a diet plan. It’s about the calories being consumed. Nothing changes the fact that if you are burning more calories every day than you are taking in, you should lose weight. And vice versa. That’s the bottom line, whether the calories come from protein or fat or carbohydrates.

Don’t get caught up in the marketing spin. While one marketer claims reduced carbohydrates and increased proteins as the success of their diet, another tells you that their diet plan works because you have eliminated sugars and refined carbohydrates, the reality is that through following their plan you have reduced your calorie intake and not even noticed. If following their diet means you take in between 1,200 and 1,800 calories a day, you will lose weight. It’s simple math.

Another factor to consider is that the lost weight oftentimes is not body fat. The scale may be going down, but pleasing numbers may only represent water and muscle that’s being shed. While this is most often true of crash diets, it is a part of many popular diets as well.

Without the establishment of a balance of the proper nutrition and exercise, a diet can be far more detrimental in the long term than any temporary celebration through a change in wardrobes.

About John e. Peterson:

JOHN PETERSON, internationally renowned strength and fitness coach and creator of the Transformetrics™ Training System, knows the painful reality of struggling to overcome physical adversity. At the age of four John was a victim of the dreaded disease polio, which left him with horribly misshapen legs that doctors were forced to break and reset—all without anesthesia for the ...

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