Doctors and nutritionists often warn not to fall for gimmicks when choosing a new diet. Yet, when it comes to weight loss, there are plenty of options. Magazines, books and websites promise that you can lose all the weight you want for good. To do this, they suggest that you use diets that get rid of fat or carbs or encourage the use of superfoods or special supplements. With so many options, how do you know which approach might work for you? Here are some suggestions for choosing a weight-loss program.
• Think about your personal needs. Before starting a new diet, be realistic about whether it will easily fit into your lifestyle and whether a specific diet can be sustained for a long period. For example, eating a ‘no or low carb’ diet can be more challenging than you might think at first, especially if you prepare meals for your family who may not be on the same diet. Other options that require you to purchase meals may be too costly for your budget in the long run. And perhaps most importantly, some fad diets may cause more harm than good.
• Before you start a weight-loss program, talk to your health care provider. Your health care provider can go over your medical issues and the drugs you take that might affect your weight. Remember to tell your health care provider about your past efforts to lose weight. Be open about fad diets that interest you. Your provider might be able to help you choose a diet based on your needs or direct you to weight-loss support groups or refer you to a registered dietitian.
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