January 2019 Live Well, Work Well Newsletter
January 1 signals a new calendar year, and for many Americans, a “New Year, New Me” mentality. In fact, getting in shape is consistently the most popular New Year’s resolution in the United States, according to Business Insider. While making lifestyle changes is a healthy choice, turning to a fad diet to get in shape is not ideal or healthy in the long run.
Fad diets typically promise quick weight loss, oftentimes through unhealthy and unbalanced dieting. A diet can be considered a fad if it:
- Claims to help you lose more than 1-2 pounds per week, with little scientific evidence to back it up.
- Promises that you’ll lose weight and keep it off without giving up fatty foods or starting an exercise program.
- Limits your food choices and encourages you to only eat a specific set or type of food.
Fad diets can be dangerous, leading to conditions like gout, poor athleticism, heart disease and —ironically— poor, long-term weight-loss control.
If you’re looking to get in shape or lose weight this year, make consistent lifestyle changes that encourage portion control, eat a well-balanced diet, exercise, and avoid empty calories. Forming short-term healthy practices will keep you on track with your long-term weight-loss goal.
Investing in fitness trackers, new fitness clothes, or joining a new gym can motivate you to reach your fitness goal this year in a healthy way. Check out the January 2019 Live Well, Work Well Newsletter (English | Spanish) for more insight on fad diets, avoiding winter illnesses, and a special bonus recipe for Kale + Tuna salad!