Are You a Low-Carb Diet Dropout?
Make the change to a healthier lifestyle
Diets Don't Work
All diets work, and no diet works. What this means is that any diet -- from
low-carb to cabbage soup -- can help you lose weight. But usually, the extra
pounds quickly return.
Fad diets take off weight because they dramatically lower your calorie
intake. However, most are hard to stick to because they are unrealistic. They
may forbid normal, healthy foods; ask you to eat certain foods in quantities
that are impractical; or leave you so hungry that you end up bingeing. Many fad
dieters say that the worst part is the strong craving for "forbidden"
foods -- especially when they're foods usually classified as healthy.
The diet mentality implies that there is a beginning and an end to the
weight loss journey. But unless you change your habits, when you go
"off" the diet, you go right back to the same behaviors that caused you
to gain weight in the first place. And your lost pounds get a return
How Atkins Measures Up
A study published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine
evaluated the effectiveness of the Atkins diet, compared to a traditional
low-calorie, low-fat diet. Study participants who followed the Atkins diet had
lost more weight than those on the low-cal diet after three months and six
months. But after a year, there was no difference between the two groups.
Sustaining weight loss is not a problem unique to the Atkins diet or other
low-carb diets. The reason most diets eventually fail is that they don't tackle
the eating habits that led to the weight gain.
Read the success
stories on the Weight Loss Clinic home page and you'll have to agree: what
works is a program like ours.
Weight Loss That Lasts
People who have succeeded in losing weight for the long term have taught us
not only what it takes to get the weight off, but also how to maintain the
According to the experts, a successful weight loss program is usually one
- An eating plan based on normal, healthy foods that you like.
- Self-monitoring of eating behaviors, using a journal or some other way to
track what you eat each day.
- Daily physical activity.
- Support from family or friends (such as the ones you'll find on our message
boards). This is critical for overcoming the inevitable obstacles.
- Changes in your eating style, from cooking up lighter versions of favorite
family recipes to eating out less often.
- Modifying your lifestyle. This means making small changes that you're able
to continue as a part of your daily routine.
Losing weight requires vigilance about your food choices and a commitment to
physical activity. But before long, it feels less like a conscious decision
than a way of life.
So forget about any fad diets you may have fallen for in the past. Instead,
focus on getting healthier -- with a healthy, sustainable eating plan and
lifestyle changes that will last forever.