Fad Diets Don't Work, Can Compromise Health, Says Dr. Gregory Jantz of CaringOnline.com

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(businesspress24) - EDMONDS, WA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/16/12 -- People who need to lose weight should forgo and instead should focus on sensible eating and exercise, says Dr. Gregory Jantz, a nationally certified , author of many books on , and founder , an Internet resource for and recommendations for .

"Losing weight can be hard because it requires destroying old, unhealthy habits and replacing them with new ones," says Dr. Jantz, "but trying to follow a complicated fad diet only makes weight reduction even harder. These diets seldom produce any result except frustration for the dieter."

Despite the promises they make and the celebrity endorsements they often garner, fad diets can lead to poor nutrition and even , says Dr. Jantz. He points out that research consistently shows that weight loss is best achieved by eating balanced meals with appropriate portion sizes and exercising regularly.

Jantz cites a study published April 10 in the online edition of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Researchers who studied some 4,000 obese people found that those who lost 5 percent or more of their body weight over a year reported eating fewer fatty foods and exercising more. Following fad diets did not correlate with weight loss.

Some fad diets are worse than others in terms of the healthy foods they eliminate and the poor eating habits they encourage. A survey conducted by the Dietitians Association of Australia rated these popular diets as the three unhealthiest ones to avoid in 2012:

- This diet touts drinking large amounts of a concoction of lemon juice and syrup from maple and palm trees, with a little cayenne pepper sprinkled in.

- A scientifically groundless eating program that's been hyped by celebrities, this diet prescribes certain foods for each person based on his or her blood type.

- Foods are rated according to their pH level, with alkaline (lower pH) foods preferred over acidic ones for and better overall health.

Dr. Jantz also founded and operates in Edmonds, WA, a residential treatment facility for those struggling with eating disorders and other major life challenges.


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Date: 05/16/2012 - 04:00
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