Is Losing Weight Your New Year’s Resolution?

There are many different types of diets available that promise a quick fix. They promise that you will lose pounds quickly and easily, while getting to eat everything you like. These diets are becoming more popular and even fast food chains are getting on board. However, how healthy are these diets?

It is human nature to find the quick fix although this is usually not the best fix. Fad diets promise large amounts of weight loss in a short period of time. Although many of these diets are successful at fulfilling this promise, they generally come at a greater cost. Many of these diets have the users increase the intake of certain foods while limiting or prohibiting the intake of others. Not eating foods from the four food groups causes deficiencies in important nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health. The Atkins diet for example, limits the amount of carbohydrates you can consume, which involves eating far fewer fruits, vegetables and grains than what is recommended by the Canada Food Guide.

So how does one lose weight the healthy way? The best evidence to support weight loss is through the combination of healthy eating and physical activity. Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating is the best source for healthy eating guidelines. Physical activity must be included in any weight loss program. Moderate physical activity for a minimum of 30-45 minutes 3-4 times a week will help with weight loss. Although results will take longer to be seen, it will result in a much healthier you.

When planning to lose weight try to keep weight loss at about 1-2 pounds a week. Rapid weight loss is unhealthy, although people prefer a “quick fix.” As well, it is important avoid the yo-yo effect. Frequent increases and decreases in weight can have negative health effects.

If you want to lose weight or are thinking about starting a diet, talk to your Rxellence pharmacist to get more information.