If you spend any amount of time watching TV or thumbing through magazines, you’re going to come across some diet program that looks like it is the answer to your prayers. Often, these diet programs are little more than a method of making the company money, not of helping you to lose weight. Think about it in this way, the diets that are given to you by these weight loss companies would quickly put them out of business if they actually worked and helped you to lose weight permanently. Many times, they are something that is meant to look good on the outside but unfortunately, while they do cause weight loss to occur, the weight returns (usually with interest!) when you come off the program. Because of good advertising, however, you continue to buy the products faithfully.
There are also plenty of fad diets which are not necessarily promoted by the weight loss industry. Many of these diets revolve around cutting things out of your diet drastically, such as carbohydrates or fats. A good example of this is the Atkins diet, one of the most popular diets in the world. Many people have wondered whether this is a healthy way for you to eat or not. What the Atkins diet does is to put your body in a state that is known as ketosis because you are reducing the amount of carbohydrates that you’re eating so drastically that your body begins burning fat for fuel. Does it work? It absolutely works and it can help you lose weight very quickly. Unfortunately, ketosis also uses some of your organs for fuel as well. After all, ketosis is something that diabetics try to avoid for their very life. Putting your body into this state is definitely not healthy.
Another type of diet that is very popular is low-fat diets. These tend to cut all of the fats out of our diet because of the assumption that if we eat fat, we get fat. It certainly is true that many of the fats that we eat are bad for us and some of them are outright atrocious. You might be surprised to learn, however, that some fat in our diet is absolutely essential for digestion and health. In addition, there are some good fats that we can use in order to lose weight. Do you want to eat a healthy fat that will take weight off your body naturally? Try eating a couple of spoonfuls of raw, organic coconut oil on a daily basis. It may seem odd, but it works.
Instead of falling for every fad diet that is out there, you should simply try eating a healthy, balanced diet and get a little bit of exercise. As you begin to see results from this way of living, you will discover a truth that many dieters never learn. It’s not about fad diets, prepackaged foods or going to extremes.
Research has shown that the best thing you can do to lose weight is to join a group of other people who have the same problem and share the same goal. Harvard University have proved that weight loss is easy when you are surrounded by a support group of like minded people.