Which diet is the right diet?

Which diet is the right diet?

A client asked me today, ” Which diet do you recommend? Atkins? general motors?” I was taken aback for a second. These diets are still in vogue. So let me shed a light on various fad diets.

What is a fad diet?

It is a diet which stay in fashion or vogue for sometime and then is replaced by a new one. Weight loss is a zillion dollor industry and hence such diets keep sprouting up.

How do you identify a fad diet?

  • Promises weight loss in the least time such as seven days or fifteen days. One example is general motors diet which promises five kilo weight loss in a week.
  • No exercise routine is needed to be followed. A constant favorite of all.
  • The ads include a very fat person and his very thin picture. You can see him slouching in the fatb picture and standing upright in the thin picture.
  • Shake diets such as just living on shakes, gels and jellies and no other food.
  • Very low calorie intake as low as 600 kCal.
  • Excludes food groups such as carbohydrates, fats etc. Atkins includes all protiens and fats and very less carbohydrates. A few weight loss centers advice zerol oil diets.
  • Not recommended by a registered dietitian or a practioner.

Whats right for us?

Of course, its the traditional formula of a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise. Nothing can beat this. This includes all the food groups and recommended calories as per activity and age. Although it may sound boring, but trust me with the addition of discipline and focus, this is the only thing that works. So now get smarter and work towards doing the right thing, not falling for another fad diet.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows. She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore. Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

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