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January 12, 2014

Why fad diets don’t work

PRYOR, OK — OU Medicine nutritional experts offer tips for weight loss that really works

The Grapefruit Diet …

The 3-Day Diet …

The Chocolate Diet …

And so on and so on …

The list of the “latest and greatest” diets is a long one. Perhaps you’ve even tried one or two of them.  While fad diets may produce short term losses, nutritional experts with OU Medicine say they seldom work in the long run.

“The fact is true, lasting weight loss is not a quick fix. Most fad diets focus on making drastic changes for short periods of time, but achieving a healthy weight is about making small changes, consistently over time. For instance, it’s about finding ways to add more foods that are rich in nutrients to your diet, while reducing those “empty calories.” Slow and steady really does win the race when it comes to reaching and maintaining your ideal weight,” said Amanda Jones, registered dietitian at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.

Unfortunately, many of us will begin the New Year trying to unload that extra five to ten pounds we packed on during the holiday season. Weight loss remains the number one resolution at the start of each year. However, Jones and her colleagues at OU Medicine say losing weight doesn't, and shouldn't, mean starvation. Losing weight in a healthy way consists of eating better and being more physically active. And it should be tolerable – perhaps even fun.

“Shift the focus away from the scale. In fact, try not to weigh yourself every day – once a week is sufficient to let you know if you are on the right track,” Jones said. “Losing about a pound a week by eating better and moving more is the best way to lose weight and keep it off.”

Losing a pound a week means eating 500 fewer calories or burning an extra 500 calories each day.  That adds up to 3500 calories a week or one pound lost.

Jones said the best diets really aren’t diets at all. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight means acquiring a lifestyle that includes food you enjoy, exercise and healthy habits.

Here are some tips from OU Medicine to help you reach and then maintain your new healthy lifestyle:

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