Health Watch - Resolution Checkup: Crash Diets

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about some of the reasons you may be struggling with your resolution to lose weight. You need to make changes in your lifestyle to lose weight, but trying to make too big of a change could lead you to failure.

Fad diets promise rapid, spectacular results – you could lose 15 pounds in 15 days! – but they aren’t likely to lead to long-term weight loss. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says these fad diets often involve cutting out an entire category of food, like all fat or all carbohydrates, or otherwise making drastic changes in your eating habits. Those changes are difficult to stick with, and so many dieters get discouraged when they fall off the plan, and then they give up.

You’re better off making small, gradual changes that are easier to incorporate into your regular life. Your results may not be as drastic, but a pound a week is a safe weight loss and one you’re more likely to be able to maintain.       

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January 2011


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