Happy New Year! Approximately 90 percent of Americans make at least one New Year's resolution each year, and it’s no surprise that the majority choose weight-loss as their number one goal. It’s also the time of year when you may notice all the articles and TV segments about quick ways to lose weight. And while those gimmicky promotions may sound appealing, fad diets aren’t the way to go.
The Truth about Fad Diets
Many of the "quick and easy" diets you hear about promise maximum weight loss with minimal effort. As a rule, they tend to be pretty simple to follow, often with one prominent ingredient. Who can forget the Grapefruit Diet, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Ice Cream Diet, or the Cookie Diet? Admittedly, there’s a reason such diets continue to find willing followers: People do lose weight (at least temporarily) on these calorie-restrictive regimens, but few of those who embark on such programs stop to consider the downside as well.
Not only are such one-food diets unbalanced, short-term, and in the end self-defeating (almost everyone regains the weight they lose — plus more), but they can also be dangerous. Depending on the particular diet, you may develop potassium deficiencies, gallstones, heart palpitations, weakened kidney function, dizziness, extreme fatigue, or other alarming symptoms.
Why the South Beach Diet Works
If you’re following the South Beach Diet, you already know that when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race and, furthermore, it is a proven way to keep the weight off. You need more than a couple of weeks to figure out how to make the best choices for yourself over the long term. And you ultimately need a plan that is enjoyable, sustainable, and healthy — one that provides a wide variety of nutritious foods every day rather than just grapefruit or ice cream and a vitamin pill or two for "insurance."
One of the greatest benefits of SouthBeachDiet.com is that it is an ever-present source of the tools you need (motivating advice, continuous support, delicious recipes, easy Meal Plans, an exercise program, and also camaraderie) to turn your diet into a lifestyle.
There’s no question that by committing to a healthy weight-loss regimen and to a regular exercise routine, you will lose weight. It won’t happen overnight, but the weight will come off (and stay off) over the long term, because you will have learned how to make diet and exercise a lifestyle. Not a member? Sign up today and lose weight for good in 2013!