Recognizing A Good Diet When You See One

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 4, 2015 · 1 comment

Most weight lose diets make promises that are simply too good to be true. So, how do you recognize a diet that will help you effectively lose weight and keep it off?

Steer clear of a diet that:

Promises a quick weight loss or a promise you will lose many pounds in one week. Even if you do drop 5 pounds quickly, you will put it right back on in the next couple of weeks when you start to eat normally again.

Limits or avoids some foods. Any food can fit into a healthy eating plan. It is not the food but how much or how often you eat it.

Allows you to eat as much as you want of certain foods. Too much of any food, even healthy choices, will add too many calories.

Requires you to buy special foods or supplements. What happens when you stop using these and attempt to navigate the real world of eating once again? Can you eat these narrow choices of food forever?

Promises you can lose weight or maintain your weight loss without exercise or lifestyle changes. This just can’t happen.

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