By Brie Cadman, DivineCaroline
In today’s non-stop media environment, there’s certainly no dearth of tips, advice, and gimmicks for weight loss. Advertisements tell you how to “Lose thirty pounds in thirty days!” TV infomercials claim that you can “Eat what you want and still lose weight!” And magazine headlines claim it’s easy to “Lose one jean size every seven days!”
But anyone who’s tried to lose five, ten, or one hundred pounds can tell you it’s simply not that easy. There’s no magic pill, it doesn’t (usually) happen super fast, and judging from the myriad plans out there, there is no one diet that works for everyone.
Looking past the outrageous claims, there are a few hard truths the diet/food industry isn’t going to tell you, but might just help you take a more realistic approach to sustained weight loss.
1. New nutrition news is often old.
Recently, I read this headline from a news report about a new study: “Fruit Is Even Better for You Than Previously Thought.” I find these kinds of studies somewhat silly—do we really need another reason to eat fruit? Or for that matter, is the nutrition advice from your grandmother or great-grandmother’s generation all that different from what it is today? Chances are they would’ve advised something along the lines of—eat your fruits and vegetables. Point being is that ebbing with trends and tides of “new” research often doesn’t make long-term sense. When fat was labeled as bad, people eschewed even the good stuff from their diets; when carbs went out of style, people took nutritious foods out with the bad. While new research certainly lends insights into what we should eat, common sense often prevails. When in doubt, eat what you know to be healthful foods—unprocessed, unpackaged, and natural.