Middletown Senior Center
21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037
Middletown, California 95461
Phone: (707) 987-3113
Fax: (707) 987-3114
STAYING AWAY FROM FAD DIETS
With all the focus on weight in our society, it isn’t surprising
that millions of people fall prey to fad diets and bogus weight-loss
products. Conflicting claims, testimonials and hype by so-called
“experts” can confuse even the most informed consumers. The bottom line
is simple: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably
There are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. No
super foods will alter your genetic code. No products will miraculously
melt fat while you watch TV or sleep. Some ingredients in supplements and
herbal products can be dangerous and even deadly for some people.
Steer clear of any diet plans, pills and products that make the
Rapid Weight Loss: Slow
steady weight loss is more likely to last than dramatic weight changes.
Healthy plans aim for a loss of no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week.
Quantities and Limitations:
Ditch diets that allow unlimited quantities of any food, such as grapefruit and
cabbage soup. Its boring to eat the same thing over and over and hard to
stick with monotonous plans.
Specific Food Combinations:
There is no evidence that combining certain foods or eating foods at specific
times of day will help with weight loss.
Rigid Menus: Life
is already complicated enough. Limiting food choices or following rigid
meal plans can be an overwhelming, distasteful task. Ask yourself:
“Can I eat this way for the rest of my life?: If the answer is no, the
plan is not for you.
No Need to Exercise:
Regular physical activity is essential. Find an activity that you enjoy
and then aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days of the
If you want to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose
fat, the best path is a lifelong combination of eating smarter and moving