Every year, billions of £££ are invested in weight loss diets and gimmicks, many of which yield few results.

fad-diets-featured-imageHowever, the lure of quick, easy weight loss is hard to resist. Despite ineffective tools, most hopeful consumers are willing to give the next weight loss fad a chance. Just remember, diets do not work long term. They only lower metabolism and cause our bodies to hold on to calories. If you’re planning to start a new diet, it is important to remember the following information.

Food-specific diets
Have you ever tried the cabbage diet or the fruit-only diet? These are just a couple of examples of diets that promote one “specific” food that causes weight loss. No matter how much you think you’ll enjoy ice cream at every meal, inevitably you will get bored with eating the same food repeatedly. As a result, you’ll eat way less food, your body will hold onto it’s fat and consequently is not effective for long-term weight loss.

High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets
These diets are based on the concept that carbohydrates are “bad” and that everyone has some degree of insulin resistance, resulting in poor carbohydrate metabolism. Many proponents of these diets suggest that including carbohydrates in your diet will cause weight gain. The reality, though, is that eating more calories than you burn will cause weight gain. We advise high protein and low carbohydrate to strength trainers and a higher carbohydrate diet for endurance trainers at IVERIDGE.

High-fiber, low-calorie diets:
Fiber-rich foods play an important role in a healthy diet. They are a helpful ingredient of weight loss efforts because they provide bulk to the diet, which helps you feel fuller sooner. Be careful, though: if you plan to increase the fiber in your diet, be sure to increase your fluid intake at the same time or you may experience cramping, bloating, and constipation. High-fiber diets will help with weight loss only if you restrict calories in conjunction with addition of extra grains, fruits and vegetables.

Get some physical activity every day
Calories in must be less than calories out to ensure successful weight loss. To keep “calories out” at a healthful level, make you get at least 30-minutes of physical activity every day if possible.

What works?
Remember, a balanced diet will ensure you get all necessary nutrients. If you miss meals, you put yourself at risk of holding onto fat and missing food groups can create a deficiency resulting in all sorts of complications to the body. A diet low in Saturated fat, sugar and table salt is best for health.

For details of how to eat a healthy diet and feel good everyday, Book a consultation with our Dietician at IVERIDGE who can guide you through a programme of healthy eating. Call 01132 887 666 today.

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