(We’re proud to share our blogspace with Kari Collett, founder of A to Zinc Nutrition and an all-around awesome individual with tons of letters after her name. She’s an RDN, LDN and CLT!)
This is the time of year when we hear all kinds of information about the fastest and best ways to lose excess pounds. Commercials are rampant, product sales skyrocket, gym memberships soar, and yet the desperation continues. The latest and greatest fasting method or fad diet has got to work better this year than last year, right? But, alas, they all seem to strike out again. These approaches strike out because they are all temporary solutions to a lifestyle problem. Often times, the focus is on restriction rather than inclusion.
So, which is best? Fasting, fad diets, or eating actual, real food?
Fasting is, by definition, going without food. Different fasting protocols recommend different lengths of time without food: some for several hours; others for several days. Fasting is not always safe, and nearly never recommended. Furthermore, these programs (with a focus on continuous types of fasting) do not actually teach good eating habits.
Fad diets at least include food but that doesn’t necessarily mean they work or that they are good for you. Most fad diets completely exclude a specific food group such as carbohydrates. People following this diet approach will run the risk of not getting enough vitamins, minerals, or fiber. Other fad diets use dietary supplements such as shakes and/or bars as meal replacements. These programs are very popular because they are easy to follow and require minimal work on the participant’s part. The most common drawback is that when people go back to eating real food, they quickly regain weight because they haven’t learned good eating habits.
Good eating habits such as creating meals from whole foods, eating regular meals throughout the day, and following a combined meal structure pattern with proteins, fats, and carbohydrates at each meal sets the stage for long-term success. Of course, it’s more challenging, and it requires more time, work, and energy, but in the long run, it will bring better results in terms of weight loss, improved metabolism, and optimal body function.
Need help getting started? Perfect. A dietitian in your area can help you create an eating plan that’s designed to meet your health goals and your nutrition needs all at the same time.For more information or assistance, contact your health care provider or dietitian.
I would be thrilled to work with you to help you on your journey to health. In fact, come get acquainted with me over the next few weeks at Quarks American Bento. I’ll be teaching some simple basics, “The Macro Series” at Quarks on the following Mondays from 6:30-7:15 pm. Join me on all three dates 1/16, 1/23, & 1/30 as we’ll be covering a different topic each time! $5 covers your healthy and satisfying bento bowl dinner, plus your choice of Quarks (hot or cold) teas or a Quarks lemonade. Join each event today, simply by clicking these links:
Each class you attend gives you the opportunity to win one of two prize packages:
- $100 towards a MRT/LEAP package offered by A to Zinc Nutrition
- A Gift Basket from Quarks (valued at $55)
Here’s to your health in 2017! #HungerForBetter