Wellness Matters

Ditch the Fad Diets

January 29, 2015

I'm losing 50 pounds before bathing suit season! How do you plan on doing it — the healthy or
unhealthy way? Many people will jump on the "fad diet" band wagon at the start of the New Year to quickly lose the extra pounds gained throughout the holidays. However, fad diets do not give you the tools you need to help change your eating and exercise behaviors permanently.

Dr. Heather Colleran, registered dietitian with Cone Health Alamance Regional Medical Center, spoke on Fox 8 House Calls and provided ways to avoid rapid weight loss followed by weight gain.

What's a "fad diet?"

A fad diet is any diet that does not meet basic guidelines for good health or a diet that is popular for a while before it fades away.

What's wrong with a diet to help me quickly meet my weight loss goal?

A major concern with fad diets is that the guidelines often instruct you to eliminate entire food groups from your diet. For instance, one popular diet known as the Paleo diet, recommends avoiding grains, dairy products, beans, legumes, potatoes, sugar, processed foods and modern fruits. While most nutrition experts agree that limiting or avoiding refined starches and processed foods is sensible, avoiding all fruits, beans and whole grains, such as quinoa or whole wheat, is not a good idea.

View the video below to see what Dr. Colleran recommends to meet your weight loss goal permanently.

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