Middletown Senior Center

21256 Washington Street
Post Office Box 1037

Middletown, California 95461

Phone: (707) 987-3113

Fax: (707) 987-3114

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Nutrition Snippet


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 is.

 

     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 following claims:


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 week.  

 

     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 more.