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Weight loss and fad dietsSummaryThese days it's hard to open a magazine without reading about the next miracle weight loss program. But if thesediets are so effective, why are there so many new ones?Lose weight the right wayYou may be looking for a fast way to lose weight and there's no shortage of 'fad diets' around. These 'diets' mayprovide short-term results, but they are difficult to sustain and, ultimately, they deprive you of the essential nutrientsthat only balanced eating can offer.It's easy to spot a fad dietTypically, a fad diet shares some, or all, of the following characteristics:Promises a quick fixPromotes 'magic' foods or combinations of foodsImplies that food can change body chemistryExcludes or severely restricts food groups or nutrients, such as carbohydratesHas rigid rules that focus on weight lossMakes claims based on a single study or testimonials only.Sometimes you need a special dietOf course, some medical conditions do require special eating plans. In these instances, any recommendationsfrom your doctor should be followed.Fad diets can cause health problemsBecause they often cut out key foods, fad diets may cause the following symptoms:DehydrationWeakness and fatigueNausea and headachesConstipationInadequate vitamin and mineral intake.Fad diets that severely restrict food groups or nutrients may also mean that you miss out on the protective healtheffects that a balanced eating plan provides. We don't know whether fad diets are safe over the longer term, orwhether they lead to an increased risk of various diseases.The answer is a balanced eating planDon't worry. There is an eating plan that gets results. You can achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and youdon't have to cut out any foods because you can eat everything – in moderation.Fad dieting is one pressure you don't need in your life.It's not difficult to change your lifestyle to help you maintain a healthy weight.A healthy eating plan will help you feel better and give you more energy.betterhealth.vic.gov.auWeight loss and fad dietsPage 1 of 4
It's called a balanced eating plan and it's nothing new. Combined with moderate physical activity, it will change yourlife.

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