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When Good Diets Go Bad and Why...

Yo-yo dieting is something I hear about every day -- People change their diets like they change their shoes and it could be your weight loss doom. eDiets created a list of seven habits to drop because they could make dieting a tough situation:

  1. You give food power. Food can't make you eat it. The way some people talk, you'd think a candy bar holds them down, forcing them to chew and swallow! YOU have the power to say no.
  2. You think there are "good" and "bad" foods. Wrong! Food does not possess human characteristics. Food is food: fatty food, salty food, low in saturated fat or high in fiber -- you choose.
  3. There's five more, so

  4. You think a diet is something you "go on." And then you go "go off" when you lose the weight. For instance, "I lost 12 pounds, so now I can go off my diet." This recipe for failure means you'll most likely regain the weight, just like the 95 percent of people who lose weight and regain it.
  5. You think you can lose weight without exercise. It's possible to lose weight without exercise, but most likely the weight is going to come right back on once you stop "dieting." Increasing activity, even just by walking briskly, is associated with permanent weight loss.
  6. You eat the same fruits and vegetables every day. That's like playing only four numbers in the Quick Pick Five. You can't win unless you fill in the whole card. Increasing variety provides better nutrition and more phytochemicals to defeat disease.
  7. You think that all fats are bad. In fact, some fats are health-enhancing, such as omega-3 fatty acids in fish and those found in nuts and seeds. But beware of trans fat in fast food and packaged foods and limit saturated fat in whole-milk dairy and fatty meats.
  8. You're drinking too many calories. If you think a glass of soda is bad but juice or sports drinks are good, think again. Juice has the same calories as soda and no fiber. Eat your fruit; don't drink it. Sports drinks are usually full of sugar: Drink water and eat an orange instead.

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krisua krisua 10 years
Good article, I'll save it.
chatoyante chatoyante 10 years
ccsugar, if you eat a variety of fruit and veg then you get a greater variety of nutrients...like bananas are particularly high in potassium, citrus in vitamin C, etc. Plus it's more fun :)
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
I thought variety was a bad thing? Up there it says eat a variety of fruits and veggies... What if I like the ones I eat now!! And yes, I have had Snickers and 100 Grand bars hold me down and force me to eat them!!! ;)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Thanks for the post fit; I recognized a couple of things I am diong that I ned to stop. :-) Every little bit counts! _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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