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Reigning diets

Weight loss diets are endless and typically unsuccessful longterm, but that doesn’t stop the vast majority of chronic dieters to try the latest. Here’s a brief glimpse into what’s going on now.

  • 16:8 – this is a type of fasting. For 16 hours one fasts but during the remaining 8 hours, you can eat what you like. There’s legitimate science to “fasting” overnight. But eating “whatever” one wants can spell trouble. My best tip: leave a minimum of 12 hours between your last meal of the day and breakfast. And don’t skip breakfast.
  • Nordic – while not a weight loss plan, people are using it as such. It’s positively compared to the Mediterranean diet: more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, seafood and canola oil (instead of olive oil). Home cooked meals are promoted. The lifestyle suggestions “lagom” or not too little – not too much. My best tip: plants should take up a majority of space on your plate. Use a smaller plate.
  • Military – has nothing to do with the military. Ten pound weight loss is promised in a week. Highly prescriptive “diet” foods at about 1100 calories daily. My best tip: Rapid weight loss ALWAYS results in rapid regain; so aim for a reasonable weekly loss. Increase your activity level, plan your produce and eat foods you enjoy!

Weight loss  or weight management is challenging. Don’t make it more so by following an unsustainable plan. Be sane to be well,

Marcia

 

 

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