Weight loss strategies, methods, and approaches vary among healthcare professionals and people trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight. There are countless of diet plans available for individuals — however, many of the strategies for weight reduction do not work. Nonetheless, it is worth taking the time to consider the variety of healthy weight loss alternatives suggested by dieticians and other healthcare professionals.
Most experts agree that a personal commitment is required in order to achieve success in realizing a healthy weight. Additionally, proper weight management necessitates time and effort.
For a number of years, the worldwide consensus has been that a crash diet or a rapid weight loss approach to losing weight is detrimental to the health of people using this method. The general rule of thumb is to avoid quick and easy weight loss plans and strategies.
Elaine Magee, from the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic, says the following about rapid weight loss plans.
“The biggest misconception is that doing something in the short term will have long-term results.”
Another misconception and myth about weight loss is the idea that carbohydrates or carbs are fattening and should be limited in a diet. This concept is only partially true.
There are two key categories of carbohydrates. One type is known as simple carbs, which comprise of food products containing sugar, such as cookies, candies, and cakes, as well as alcoholic beverages and many other drinks.
On the other hand, carbohydrates known as complex carbs are foods that contain fiber and starches. Foods like whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are considered complex carbs and they are a recommended source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber to help in losing and maintaining weight.
One more myth about weight loss is the thought that certain types of food products will help in losing weight. Again, this is somewhat of a fallacy in that all foods contain calories.
When WebMD interviewed dietician Elizabeth Pivonka, PhD, RD, and president of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, this is what she had to say concerning burning calories.
“A calorie is a calorie, regardless of where it comes from.”
Instead of substituting foods in order to lose weight, Dr. Pivonka suggests weightlifting as a better alternative, because muscle-building exercises will enhance the likelihood of calories being burned off when the body is at rest.
Finally, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) advises that food products that are labeled as low fat and fat-free are not necessarily free of calories. According to NIH, many fat-free and low fat products contain as many or more calories than full-fat versions of the same food. In most cases, they have more sugars, starches, salt, and flour, which are all detrimental to a healthy diet.
When considering a weight loss plan it is important to set realistic goals, formulate a plan, and stay motivated. Victory in a weight loss objective can be achieved by making permanent lifestyle changes to last a lifetime.
Avoid fad diets, get and stay active, and keep track of your success. Remember, there are new weight loss schemes popping up every day. Stay informed, be prepared, and use common sense when undertaking weight management. Consult a healthcare professional in order to make a healthy choice when considering a weight loss program.
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