2011-05-19 / Local & State

Choosing A Weight-Loss Program That Works For You

There are no shortages of diets and weight-loss programs, offering conflicting tips and advice. The sheer amount of information can lead many of us to stick our heads in the sand and hope our genes will withstand decades of poor eating and little or no exercise.

“Filtering the plethora of diet information from television, books and the Internet can be overwhelming,” says K. C. Craichy, a leading health researcher, speaker, and consultant on optimized natural health, nutrition, and fitness. “And the many dieting fads can prevent people from establishing lifelong healthy habits.”

Here’s what you need to know about some of the most popular weight-loss programs and plans available today, according to Craichy, who has authored “The Super Health Diet,” a new book to help people successfully navigate this maze of diets and programs.

Diet clubs

We’ve all seen the TV commercials for weight-loss centers touting celebrity success stories. For the most part, these clubs provide a strong support network for people who have tried to lose weight on their own and failed.

Many of these programs rely on a point system or prepackaged food they sell to you. But these methods, while successful, can be hard to maintain once you are no longer in the program because they do not promote permanent lifestyle changes or teach you to prepare healthy meals on your own.

Fad diets

From Atkins to The Zone to the new Macrobiotic and Vegan craze, America has rarely been without a diet fad. Many of these programs have helped people lose weight, even though they appear to give contradictory advice – one may advocate a low carbohydrate, high protein diet, while the other an average carb, low protein diet.

The main reason for their success is that most Americans have unhealthy diets and overestimate portion allowances, so any restrictive diet is bound to help them lose weight. But these diets may not prepare you for optimum health and can be inconvenient to follow, especially those requiring unusual foods.

The Mediterranean diet

Several decades ago, medical researchers began to take notice that people living in the Mediterranean, particularly in southern Italy and Greece, had lower rates of cardiovascular disease. They found that their diets contained low amounts of red meat, moderate levels of fish and poultry (once or twice a week), and high levels of fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and legumes.

Craichy says the key factors to this type of diet are the small portions, the use of omega-3 and other healthy fats like olive oil, resveratrol from grapes or red wine, and nutrient dense foods. His own suggested diet, based on years of research, emphasizes small, nutrient-dense portions, along with supplementing your diet with broad- spectrum antioxidants, minimizing sugar, and consuming high quality fats and fatty acids.

To learn more about weight-loss techniques that can work for you, check out “The Super Health Diet” or visit www.LivingFuel.com.

Then get started on building habits toward optimum health and long life.

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