Trading fad diets for good nutrition and regular workouts

For most of my life, my weight has fluctuated up and down by nearly thirty pounds.

When I’d have difficulty buttoning my pants, I’d immediately go on a crash diet.

I tried all of the fads, including the grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet and baby food diet. Over the years, I’ve learned that fad diets can lead to health concerns. They cut out key foods and often cause symptoms such as dehydration, fatigue, nausea and headaches. Rapid weight loss can slow the metabolism, resulting in future weight gain. Plus, these diets weaken the immune system and increase the risk of heart palpitations and cardiac stress. Fad diets don’t provide for long-term weight loss. They aren’t healthy or sustainable and fail to encourage good lifestyle habits. Food-specific fad diets are created around the myth that specific foods have miracle properties that can cause weight gain or loss. It wasn’t until I had a health scare that I realized I needed to change my way of life and get in better shape. I emptied my cupboards and refrigerator of all unhealthy snacks. I went grocery shopping and bought fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains. I signed up with a personal trainer and started following a daily and dedicated workout regimen. Within a few months I was able to get down to a healthy weight, and I’ve maintained it for the last three years. I now can’t imagine going a day without engaging in some kind of physical activity. I’ve developed a love of jogging, bicycling, hiking and rock climbing. I feel stronger and healthier than ever and plan to stick with this new program.

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