Monday, January 2, 2012

Crazy Diets

There are crazy diets for everything, all promising weight loss success. You've probably heard of many of them.  Some of the more popular ones:

The Atkins Diet
The South Beach Diet
The Zone

And so on. All diets promise weight loss and in many cases deliver.  But I think where people really lose their grip on reality is when they start believing they have found "the secret."

I can save you a lot of time and trouble telling you "the secret."  Are you ready?  Shhh...don't tell anybody.  Here it is:

The amount you eat + the amount you do = how much you weigh

There you have it. A lot of people (including me, for many years) don't want to hear it, but it's true: if you consume less energy than you burn, you will lose weight.  If you consume too much energy (food) you will gain weight.

There is no secret.

And another note about diets.  If you can't do it for the rest of your life, why bother?  Why put yourself through the yo-yo dieting, losing weight quickly, then gaining it all back?  It isn't worth it.

And some of these diets are just plain rip-offs and many of them are dangerous.  Pills, patches and gimmicks will only cause you to lose weight in your bank account.

If it sounds to good to be true, it is.  Common sense is all you need. Trust your instincts.

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