The new year is approaching, and many quick fixes and fad diets will be coming along as well! Here are some tips on what to AVOID with the influx of quackery this New Year.
“Good” and “Bad” Foods
A red flag for many fad diets is to eliminate a certain food or an entire food group. Others will market a certain food as a cure-all. Many people will find that programs like this work for them, but the problem is how long will it work? I do not think it is necessary to eliminate foods, but better to plan when you want to incorporate them. Many Health and Fitness Professional will promote a 80/20 or 90/10 rule, where you eat “healthy” 80-90% of the time and fit in treats 10-20% of the time. I have personally found this to be a concept I can stick to long-term, and it make those treats even more delicious!
“In (insert number) days you will…”
21 days, 30 days, 60 days, and so on…. If there is a time limit, what is it really telling you? Can you really lose all the fat you want in that amount of time? Is it fat that you’re losing? What will happen after the 30 days? Will you gain it all back? These are the things you need to ask yourself when a time limit is attached, and especially when a specific number of pounds is advertised. I have had more success when I have implemented long-term habit changes consistently over time.
2018 and Beyond!
According to Business Insider, “80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February”. Don’t fall into these quick fix traps! Use the above tips, and ask yourself if it is something you can do long-term before you proceed. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Come back for Part II where I provide some tips on WHAT TO DO, since we have now identified what to AVOID. Is there anything else you think others should avoid?