Wouldn't it be nice to lose weight quickly, with minimal effort or fuss? Of cause you would! I for one would love to just sit back do nothing and the weight will just fall off.
Whether it's a Low Carb, Low GI Diet, A choice of diet pills or "natural" weight loss pills, diet shakes, or exercise equipment, we've all seen the fantastic claims people including celebrities make about losing tons of weight AND how they can show you how to do the same thing.
I can tell you right now that 99% of these people are total frauds. You may have even fallen prey to one of these scam artists, selling you their latest "weight loss" program. Me too!
In the past I've brought so many of these programs that I can't even recall how many. I don't know why, but I tend to find the "good" in people, and I was "sold" by these marketing schemes time and time again, even after being scammed by another. Finally, after so many disappointments, I got FED UP. I decided to get to the bottom of this fascination we have with Weight Loss Programs and find out if there really were any LEGITIMATE programs for Weight Loss.
Legitimate as in not only dealing with LOSING WEIGHT but also what caused the Weight Gain in the first place.
The American Heart Association has several tips to that helps guide you to identify a Fad Diet or Program if it is recommended.
o Magic or miracle foods that burn fat. Foods don't burn fat - they create fat when we eat more than we need.
o Bizarre quantities of only one food or type of food such as eating only cabbage or tomatoes. These foods are fine as part of an overall healthy diet, but eating large quantities of them could lead to unpleasant side effects.
o Rigid Menus. Many diets set out a very limited selection of foods to be eaten at a specific time and day, exactly as written. Often these limited diets don't address the widely varied taste preferences of our diverse population.
o Specific food combinations. Some foods taste good together, like the classic "soup and sandwich," but there's no scientific evidence that eating foods in certain sequences or combinations has any medical benefit.
o Rapid weight loss of more than two pounds a week.
o No warning given to people with diabetes or high blood pressure to seek advice from the physician or healthcare provider. Some fad diets could raise blood pressure or blood glucose even if you loss weight.
o No increase physical activity. Simple physical activities, like walking or riding a bike, are one of the most important ways to lose weight and maintain weight loss. Yet many "fad" diets don't emphasis these easy changes.
Now don't be discouraged, which weight loss program is the right one for you, which one isn't just a fad diet. In my research I have found a few programs that not only deal with losing weight but also the cause of why you got fat in the first place (which by the way, is ultimately the main reason why we end up putting the weight back on) and also adding in successful, simple strategies to increase exercising.
Whatever you do, I wish you a healthy year for you and your's