How To Know Your Diet Isn't Right For You

With the winter holidays here and New Year’s resolution season just around the corner, now is a great time to get a jump start on your health goals. Lets be proactive and make good choices that we can continue though the upcoming holiday season filled with cookies and egg nog.

It is tempting to try a two week diet or a quick detox diet. They always make it sound like it will magically give you the body you have always dreamed of without much effort. If this sounds too good to be true, then it is. Crash diets are too short to give you any lasting results and typically are unrealistic to follow. No fiber? No protein? No healthy fats? If I drank only juice for two weeks, I would absolutely be hungry and cranky by day two. That is a miserable way to look at food. Crash diets or fad diets are usually just a starvation diet. And let me tell you a little secret about those diets… anything you ‘lose’ in that time, you will just gain right back as soon as you start eating again.

Put your diet to the test!

1. Does the diet have a time frame? Two weeks? 30 days?

2. Does the diet cut out major food groups?

3. Does the diet make promises of unrealistic weight lost?

4. Is the diet promoted by celebrities or non health care professionals?

5. Does the diet have a lot of rules and restrictions?

Is you answered yes to two or more of these questions, ditch the diet.

I see these often. Juice cleanses, water cleases, fasting, cutting out fat, avoiding carbs, and restrictive eating programs sold through apps. Soldiers do have to maintain a body weight within the military body composition standards and not everyone can maintain those standards with ease. It is a challenge to train and maintain a specific body standard. I understand the draw to quick crash diets. The truth is that they can do more harm than good.

Join me for one of the Nutrition Strategy Clinics to learn more about how to choose the right nutrition pattern for you.

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