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  • Jul 29, 2018

Break free from the rules of dieting

Studies suggest that people whose lose weight slowly over time are more successful at keeping weight off than those who opt for quick solutions.

Messages about what to eat and drink for optimal health are everywhere around us - across the internet, on television, in the subway station - and they can get pretty confusing. It seems like each and every day a new food, like eggs, are either good for us or not healthy anymore. Is coffee okay to drink if there is no milk or sugar added? Should I be eating meat? Can I eat nuts or do they have too much fat? Keeping up with the constant flow of new information can be overwhelming when trying to make lifestyle changes.

We are exposed to a myriad of fad diets that promise quick and easy solutions to our weight loss and overall health goals. Some diets recommend cutting out all carbohydrates for weeks at a time while others suggest eating only foods that have not been cooked or prepared - a raw diet. These drastic changes to our nutritional intake can be unhealthy and tend to fail in the long run. Studies suggest that those who lose weight incrementally over time are more successful at keeping weight off than people who opt for quick solutions or crash diets.

With summer finally here, it’s a perfect opportunity to get back to the basics and break free from the rules of dieting with this free video-based series, Ditch the Diet Club.

Ditch the Diet Club is a 12-week self-guided program designed for anyone looking to lose weight, break free from the rules of dieting, or simply learn how to escape the confusion of the media’s nutrition messages. Each video contains a different lesson, so it is recommended that you practice the learnings from Lesson 1 in Week 1, Lesson 2 in Week 2, and so on. Building on each habit slowly often allows for greater success.

The lessons are based on the principles of Intuitive Eating, developed by Registered Dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. Intuitive Eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the idea that being in tune to your own body’s hunger and fullness signals is a more effective way to achieve a healthy weight, rather than following “diet” rules such as counting calories or fat grams.

This program is appropriate for healthy adults. If you have a chronic disease or need more specialized nutrition recommendations, contact a CHA outpatient dietitian.

This articles provide general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider.

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