3 tips for avoiding fad diets and fitness regimes : TreeHugger

Did you realize folks are somewhat more prone to weight-loss scams than any other kind?

It’s the time of year when many people vow to eliminate weight and get fit. It’s a noble goal, but a difficult one to accomplish, which is the reason why the snake oil peddlers start hawking their wares more aggressively than ever around New Year’s. They present rapid weight-loss alternatives and quick-fix fad diets as if they were miracles, promising to give you along your journey toward model-like skinniness and ripped abs. Year after year, people fall for these hollow promises.

How is this possible? Fitness guru James Fell handles this in an article called “Just how not to fall for the next diet or physical fitness craze.” He states that individuals are more likely to fall for weight reduction scams than another type of fraud and that often it’s “smart people” who fall for them, “because they’re skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.” And because weight loss is indeed daunting and hard, individuals are eager to try anything to make it simpler.

The fact, however, is that there is little you can do anyhow commit to a good deal of hard work and self control. Add time to the equation, and you are certain to find improvements. Fell provides these tips for avoiding fad-like traps in the new year. They could also be known as common sense, but sometimes it helps to find them spelled out clearly:

1. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

If you are already doing something and it’s working well for you, remain with this. Don’t let someone else convince you that you need to try a new fitness ‘trend’ (think keto diet, irregular fasting, CrossFit, high intensity interval training, detox, etc.) if everything you are doing is providing you great results and which makes you happy. The same thing does not work for everyone.

2. Grow a mindset mindset about food and exercise.

Accept that true progress requires time, and that nothing’s perfect. Your bodily self-improvement journey will take some time. Just don’t get fanatical about it remember how to enjoy yourself. Whatever you choose to do needs to fit well into your private life, adding value, instead of becoming a source of stress.

3. Be a crucial thinker.

Fell writes, and “Spectacular claims need dramatic evidence. If somebody is telling you something which sounds amazing, then they will need to have some incredible evidence to back this up.” Learn to ask “why” should you hear something being powerful. Go digging for evidence. Always seek those other points of view.