New tricks and tips for quick and easy weight loss seem to pop up overnight. They range from obscure and mysterious supplements to meal replacements and extreme diet restrictions. Their marketing features customer testimonials of very satisfied customers and they often even come with celebrity endorsements. Everyone loves quick and easy, but do fad diets make you healthier? Consider the following analysis of fad diets and healthy eating.
Weight Loss or Being Healthy?
Quick and easy weight loss, regardless of the method, rarely becomes sustained healthy living. Your body is designed to function best with a steady diet of specific nutrients and a nominal amount of movement and exercise. Take a look at these 5 differences between healthy habits and fad diets.
- A health-based approach is far superior to gimmicks and quick fixes. There are no quick and easy ways to lose weight over the long haul. Fad diets promise quick weight loss but do not address the greater needs of your body. A better goal for you to focus on is staying as healthy as you can. Know what your body needs and work to keep healthy.
- A holistic lifestyle works better than focusing only on food and drink. Fad diets often focus only on what you eat and drink. They may restrict certain types of food, make you buy and take supplements, and often promise results without exercise. Staying healthy involves a holistic approach to living. This includes diet and exercise, being aware of what your body needs, and even things like having healthy relationships.
- Prioritize habits rather than end results. Fad diets often focus solely on losing weight, whatever the means. When you develop healthy eating habits, you are giving your body a steady supply of the nutrients it needs for peak performance. This will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but also improve your immune system and help your body better fight off sickness and disease.
- Long term results are better than short-term weight fluctuations. Fad diets often promise you quick weight loss, but it is most likely going to be short-lived. Losing weight slowly over a long period of time by making lifestyle changes is the best way for permanent weight loss and weight management. It also happens to be best for your overall health.
- A balanced diet and exercise is still the best option. Work with your doctor to develop a healthy eating plan and exercise routine that is best suited for you. For accountability, it is also good to consider a weight loss program that stresses ideal health over ideal weight.
Developing Healthy Eating Habits
The only long-term solution for overall health and weight management is a new lifestyle that incorporates eating well with adequate exercise. The fact is your body draws the nutrients it needs from all major food groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein, and Dairy. Notice this includes your proteins, carbs, and fats. Choose to incorporate healthy carbs and healthy fats into your diet, rather than eliminating or severely restricting them categorically. You also need a steady intake of fruits, vegetable, and dairy. Focus on variety, portion size, and overall health and nutrition. Think about healthy eating habits within the context of a healthy lifestyle.
Habits are Built One Day at a Time
Unlike the promise of fad diets, developing healthy eating habits takes time and work. Don’t think you have to do it alone. Consult your primary physician to develop a healthy eating plan and exercise routine that’s right for you. If you do not have a primary care physician, Conroe Willis Family Medicine would love to support you on your journey to health. Contact Us for more information on healthy living or to make an appointment.