Every day there is a new diet hitting the popularity trends and you are forced to decide if you are going to hop on the bus and try this one as well. With so many new diets and so many fad diets, it is often hard to decide which ones are best for your body, mind and spirit. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
Getting Enough to Eat?
If the diet offers you less than 1200 calories a day, run (and I do not mean exercise.) The body needs a minimum amount of calories in order to burn those calories for fuel and not turn to digesting its own muscle for sustenance. Less than 1200 calories is a no-no unless you are under a doctor's care.
Eating a Variety?
Another big sign that a diet is a fad is eating from only one food group. Sure, the Atkins diet is all about the meat, but there are fruits and vegetables allowed on the diet. Others, like the Cabbage soup diet, claim that the only food you need is cabbage and that is a disaster in yo-yo dieting waiting to happen.
Eating Too Much?
If the new diet has a diet pill included in the plan that says you can keep eating the way you always have and still lose weight, there is a problem. Even if you lose the weight you want to shed, as soon as you stop taking that diet pill, the weight will come back and then some.
Tried and True
The best way to lose weight is to eat less and move more. No matter how overplayed that statement may be, it remains the best diet on the market.