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By Jason Bethke

Most Diets That Work Aren’t Diets

01/06/14


Many times when we hear the word diet, it is referring to how someone lost weight by drinking apple cider vinegar every day or eating only grapefruit. Sure, someone has probably lost a bit of weight this way, but there are questions to ask before jumping into one of these diets yourself. First of all, have they kept the weight off? Secondly, and most importantly, is this a healthy way to lose weight? There are diets that work, but they don't include fad diets or "tricks" to losing weight.

Where weight loss is concerned, most doctors or dietitians will tell you that slow and steady is the best way to go for lasting weight loss. Fad diets may help you lose several pounds of water weight in a few days, and there may be some fat loss if your diet reduces your calorie intake but this does not mean that the weight will stay off. According to the American Council on Exercise, only five percent of people who lose weight through a diet keep the weight off. Most regain all the weight within three to five years. The American Council on Exercise recommends that the only diets that work are ones where you adapt to a healthier lifestyle.

Even if a fad diet worked, and you could keep the weight off it probably wouldn't be the best way to lose weight. Most fad diets restrict food groups, and can keep you from obtaining all the vitamins and nutrients you need. Diets that work include exercise and healthy nutrition, and emphasize improved health and better choices. For example, the American Heart Association recommends a diet rich in a wide-variety of vegetables and fruits, with plenty high-fiber foods and lean protein.

United Way believes that educating all families about the importance of a healthy diet and ensuring all people have access to fresh fruit and vegetables can have a profound effect on the fight against obesity. By working hand-in-hand with other nonprofit organizations in communities across the United States, United Way is helping to improve the health of all Americans.

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