We recommend a more consistent approach for weight loss that’s
geared towards lifestyles changes that you will be able to maintain
over your lifetime. For example:
planning meals (eg., pack a lunch instead of buying fast food because
you’re really hungry)
paying attention to serving sizes on food labels
increasing your water intake
eating for satisfaction and not for fullness
using food journals to keep track of what you're actually eating.
But since so many girls write us with questions
about fad diets, we decided to tell you more about the ones you
hear about most.
Low carb diets are extremely popular these days.
The idea behind the diets is that the body usually uses carbohydrates
as its source of energy. When the carbs are reduced, the body will
burn fat as an energy source resulting in weight loss. Two of the
most popular diets are Atkins and South Beach.
The first phase of the Atkins diet requires drastically
reduces carbohydrate intake. You are not allowed to have milk, fruits,
grains, cereals, breads, or certain vegetables. But you are allowed
to eat unlimited meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, oils, butter, cheese,
margarine, and butter. After Later, you gradually eat more “good
carbs” such as brown rice, whole grain bread, bran oats, whole
grain cereal, fruit, etc., until weight loss stops.
The South Beach diet is another low carb diet created
by a cardiologist (heart doctor). It’s very similar to Atkins
except it recommends restriction of "bad" saturated fats
to help protect the heart. "Bad" fats include butter,
cream, high fat dairy products, fatty red meats, etc. "Good"
fats include olive oil, canola oils, oils in fish, nuts, seeds,
Healthy weight loss, which is approximately
1-2 pounds weekly, is obtained and maintained by making healthy food
choices and exercising on a regular basis. If you need to lose weight,
set realistic goals, remain consistent and remember that everything
should be done with moderation. You didn't gain the weight in 1-2
months, so you shouldn't expect to lose it in record time either.
Atkins and South Beach are just DIETS, not miracle solutions. They
call for drastic changes in eating habits that will result in significant
weight loss in a short period of time. However such diets are not
easy to maintain over an extended period of