Fad diets. We all know someone who has tried one, or maybe you’ve tried one yourself. Not all fad diets are bad, but they typically don’t work for the long haul. They promote a type of lifestyle that isn’t sustainable and almost impossible to follow for a long period of time. For example, the South Beach diet promotes low carb intake but isn’t practical if you look forward to making (and eating) pancakes with your kids every weekend. The Atkins diet is a high protein diet, but if your takeaway is ‘I can eat as much bacon as I want’ then you might end up with high cholesterol or worse.
The problem with fad diets is that very few people actually do the research and know the science behind why these diets work. So if you’re not following them correctly or only picking and choosing the parts that work with your lifestyle, you may end up doing more harm than good.
A registered dietician can help you sort through the fad diets and help you make changes that stick. You can incorporate the elements of a fad diet that are good for you and leave out the ones that will ultimately lead you to putting back on those extra pounds. You can create a lifestyle that accounts for a cocktail at the end of a long week, or a piece of dessert after a delicious dinner.
Dieting isn’t about missing out on the foods you enjoy. It’s about making positive choices day after day that lead to better long term eating habits. And if you’re doing it right, you won’t ever feel like you’re missing out.
Every person is different and has their own strengths and weaknesses. You may not have any trouble letting go of a weekly glass of wine, but you INSIST on never having to sit next to someone and drool while they enjoy a slice of deep dish pizza. But the next person may not miss pizza (gasp!) but makes sure to leave room for cookies and milk as a late night snack. It’s all about finding your balance. A registered dietitian can help you by listening and helping guide you towards your best self when you’re ready to make some changes.
The club is hosting a seminar on March 20th to discuss the current dietary recommendations. Our licensed dietician and nutritionist will give you scientific data to support why certain diets and fads won’t work and help you understand what DOES work.