The Diet Dilemma…

Although last week I wrote about not making New Years’ Resolutions, I know many people do. One of the main resolutions most people make every year, is to lose weight or eat better (diet). Is this one of yours this year? If so, read on.

What happens when you google “What is the best diet for weight loss”? You get 12, 700, 000 results! That is a lot of diets to choose from! How do you choose the best diet for you? My tip is to choose the one that you can stay with that helps you lose weight. Sound simple. Yes…and…no.

Diets are short-term solutions to life-long problems. And results aren’t usually long-lasting. There are the rare few who do lose weight and keep it off; but not without a lot of work involved. The key is to find a diet that works for you: one that provides foods that you enjoy; one that doesn’t take away things you love; one that is fairly easy to maintain and one you feel you can stick with for as long as you want to keep the weight off.

This may look very different for everyone. Unfortunately there is no “one-size-fits-all” diet that will work for everyone. Ignore testimonials that say “If it worked for me, it will work for you”. Chances are that it won’t.

Here are some other red flags I would watch for:
• Diets that instruct you to eliminate whole food groups. Each of the four food groups provide its own unique nutrients, vitamins and minerals. If you eliminate a food group, you also eliminate those nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
• Diets that encourage you to buy special foods and drinks. If a diet only works using its products, you will have to continue to buy those products long-term to maintain any weight loss.
• Diets that instruct you to take supplements. Most diet-specific supplements are usually not regulated by Health Canada and could have unhealthy or dangerous side-effects. Healthy eating should be accomplished using real fresh food, not pills.

Obviously, I’m not pro-diet. In certain circumstances, diets can be beneficial to one’s health – such as in the case of diseases like diabetes, heart disease and celiac disease. For those that are trying to lose weight, what I recommend is to eat the healthiest you are able to, while still enjoying the food you eat (and of course include physical activity).

If you do choose to choose a diet from one of the 12 million results found on Google, choose wisely. Research your choice and look for any red flags. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017.

If you have any nutrition topics you would like me to write about or have a question you would like answered, email me at [email protected]. I would really like to hear from you!