Friday, June 27, 2008

Thumbs down on fad diets

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By Dairy Farmers of Canada

Thumbs down on fad diets
Scientific studies have proven time and again that fad diets don’t work. They are simply ineffective over the long term, says registered dietitian Zannat Reza. “Yes, you lose weight quickly in the beginning…but most people gain it back again. This leads to a vicious cycle called ‘the yoyo effect’ where a person loses, then gains weight back, loses it again… and so on. It’s frustrating and demoralizing.”

Fad diets are unhealthy for other reasons, too
Many fad diets leave out entire food groups – and therefore key nutrients. For example, cutting foods such as milk products means you will miss the 15 natural-source essential nutrients that milk products provide such as calcium. At the same time, over 30 studies have shown that including milk products can actually help you reach and stay at a healthy weight.

There’s no secret to healthy weight loss
Take a sensible approach to your goals and remember that small changes lead to long-term results. “Eat healthy, get regular activity and set realistic goals,” says Zannat. “You didn’t gain 20 pounds in two weeks so thinking you can lose it that quickly is unrealistic.”

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