In today's society, we constantly are bombarded with the latest diet craze or the "all-new miracle supplement" that will shed pounds instantly.
Fact of the matter is that anyone can be successful at weight loss if they are taking in fewer calories than their body needs.
In general, people cannot rely on the accuracy of claims made by the advertisements for many of these programs.
Some of the key questions that should be asked when discussing the validity of a nutritional program include:
Does the program integrate physical activity?
How fast does the program encourage weight loss or muscle gain?
Does the program account for personal preferences based on lifestyle and career?
Does the program help change negative behaviors into positive behaviors?
What kind of support is provided?
What kind of maintenance program is provided?
The bottom line is, avoid "fad diets." They are counterproductive and even may harm you.
A solid nutrition plan must be designed to meet the specific needs of a particular individual. Whether you are an Olympic athlete or a homemaker, you are an individual.
If you need to lose weight, consult with your doctor to determine which plan is right for you.
English is a certified person trainer and nutrition coach at the Williamsport YMCA. He may be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.