Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Fad Free

March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the American Dietetics Association has decided to focus on fad diets. I also found out that they have issued fact sheets reviewing popular diets in 2005, 2006, & 2007 (they are in PDF). So, if you have a question about a particular diet book, this is the place to go first.

Anything that promises a quick fix, or an easy way out warrants some caution, this doesn't apply only to what we eat but to life in general. But back to dieting, what makes one "work" may actually harm you in the long run, especially when you gain the weight back. I am also not a fan of watching the scale. I think there are other indicators that are better to gauge your health.

So if you want to take charge of your health and have a healthier weight, here's my recommendation:
Take it one step at a time. When you do too much at once, it can be hard to sustain it. Take a look at some of your eating habits and start with ONE you know (or have been told) isn't good for you. For example, simply drinking more water instead of sweet drinks can make a difference in your weight. Then move onto another one.

So, what are your experiences? Feel free to chime in.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you on the fad diet thing. Far too many people get sucked in, thinking it will be an easy fix. I prefer to just try to eat healthy foods in general, and to avoid a lot of sugary things. We do not buy pop and chips at our house on a regular basis. Every once in a while, it is a treat.

    I also try to follow something we have called the Canada Food Guide. It's a very basic resource that has recommended amounts of the different food groups, and suggestoins on serving sizes, and healthier choices. You can see it at

    They have just revised it in the past few months.