Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions—possibly to give yourself an excuse for some New Year’s Eve overindulgence.
“I’m going to cram it all in tonight, so tomorrow I start afresh,” jokes registered dietitian Connie Diekman, a nationally known food and nutrition consultant.
But those waking up bleary-eyed on New Year’s Day will find themselves facing a bewildering array of fad diets and quick weight-loss schemes.
Which would be best for you?
In large part, it’s going to be the diet that you can incorporate into your everyday life to improve your health rather than lose weight, Diekman said.
“Making changes to our eating habits is a process. It takes time. Give yourself a break,” Diekman said. “Set one goal at a time. Work through it. When you’re successful, now you feel more empowered to do the next goal, and the next goal, and the next goal.
“Yes, it takes time. But remember, this is about your health. It’s not about the weight. It’s a healthy you,” Diekman continued. “Because if you lose 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 30 pounds, but it was muscle mass and not body fat, it didn’t do you any good.”
Also remember that weight loss requires that you take in fewer calories than you burn in a day, regardless of the diet you adopt, said registered dietitian Samantha Heller, host of a popular health and nutrition show on SIRIUS-XM satellite radio.
However, the diet must also meet your nutritional needs or you won’t be able to sustain it, Heller added.
Nutrients “all work together as a team to keep us healthy in very complicated chemical cascades in our body,” Heller said. “And you’re reaching and maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle you can keep forever. That’s what happens when something works.”
One diet craze, intermittent fasting, requires that people only eat during specific hours of the day, or drastically limit their calorie intake on certain days of the week.
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help people manage their weight, stabilize their…