We got some great feedback on our post the other day about Crazy Nutrition Tips — from eating toothpaste to curb cravings to ONLY drinking coffee for 2 straight days to shrink your stomach.
While the world was glued to their TV’s this AM, watching the Royal Wedding … Kate Middleton’s dress wasn’t the only talk on Facebook, TV, and online — but of course how she looked in her dress trumped it all.
And as most women do before their wedding, Kate Middleton also wanted to shed some pounds and did so by following (and surely popularizing) the Dukan Diet. We reviewed that diet several weeks ago … so check out that post if you missed our review of Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding diet secret, the Dukan Diet.
But the real question isn’t what Royalty does to slim down, but rather how do you spot a fad?
There’s a ton out there. A simple google search for the word ‘fat loss’ brings up over 41 million choices. Type in the word ‘diet’ and it’s over 390 million.
If that doesn’t muddy the waters and confuse the diet and fat loss issue, what does? And with beach season right around the corner, losing fat fast is certainly a popular topic.
Use these 6 tips can help you make sure you’re not duped by the latest hype …
As a general rule, stay away from diets or programs that promise any of the following:
- Draw simple conclusions from complex medical research. Without seeing the entire study or understanding how to comb through the research, it is impossible to understand the conclusions. It is very easy to extrapolate individual components of a study to make it applicable to what is being promoted.
- Promise permanent weight loss without exercise. While it is possible to lose weight without exercise, there will be large loss of lean body mass (muscle) weight in addition to fat. It is ideal to preserve as much lean body mass as possible during weight loss, even though it is inevitable to lose some. Research has also shown it is very difficult to maintain the weight loss without exercise.
- Requires the purchase of pills, potions, or other dietary supplements. Weight loss is very achievable with a slight decrease in calories and increase in physical activity (intensity or duration). Instead of decreasing the size of your stomach, most pills, potions, and other dietary supplements will cause a decrease in the size of your wallet.
- Eliminate an entire macronutrient or drastically limit any food group (e.g., low carbohydrate or very low fat diets). A balanced diet is the best and safest way to successfully lose weight and ultimately keep it off. Moderation and portion control is the key!
- Rapid weight loss that is said to be ‘effortless.’ Let’s face it, nothing worthwhile is effortless. And the same goes for losing fat — if it were effortless, 2/3 of Americans wouldn’t be overweight or obese.
- If a celebrity endorses it, it’s likely a fad. Hate to jump to conclusions, but it’s often true — just because someone who is famous says they followed this or that program doesn’t mean it’s the smartest plan out there.
The next time you’re searching for fat loss advice, don’t turn to Kate Middleton or J Lo who both are apparently devout followers of the Dukan Diet. And certainly steer clear of Lady Gaga’s ‘Drunk Diet’. Outside of celebrities, the simple advice your mom always told you, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" couldn’t be more correct.
And the winner of a FREE 21 Day Fat Loss Jumpstart for contributing to our post the other day of Crazy Nutrition Tips is Alexandera Foster who has heard "Eating toothpaste to stop cravings" is a good idea.
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