“Lose 20 pounds in a week!” “Set you metabolism on fire with
Metabo-Inferno!” “Lose while you snooze!” These sorts of crazy
diet claims are all over the Internet, TV and magazines. So how do
you sort fact from fiction?
Use Common Sense
Whether you are trying to lose weight for you health or because
you want to look good in your bathing suit, the same rule applies:
Use common sense when choosing a diet. You should immediately
rule out the following:
• Any diet supplement that claims it will boost your metabolism.
These sorts of pills often contain dangerous and unregulated substances
that could cause great harm.
• Any diet that advocates eating just one sort of food (for example,
the “Cabbage Soup Diet” or diets consisting of only protein).
You may lose some weight in the short term, but you will not be able
to sustain a diet like this for long. Plus, a diet consisting only of one
type of food is not healthy, especially for a person with diabetes.
• Any diet that claims that you can lose more than one to two
pounds per week.
• Any diet that just does not sound right. A “potato chip” diet
is just not sensible. In the diet world, if it sounds too good to be
true, it is.
Choose a Plan That Works for You
Before selecting any diet, you should consult with your physician,
who may have specific advice for you based on your history
and your medical conditions.
The most successful plans over the long term are those that
teach good eating habits without restricting certain groups of food.
Another important component of a successful diet plan is group
support. Consider a plan in which regular attendance at meetings
or with a personal consultant is part of the program.
High-protein/low-carbohydrate diets are not the best choices
for people with diabetes as these diets limit fruit and vegetables. A
better choice may be a diet that incorporates small amounts of meat
and fish with lots of vegetables and whole grains.
Whatever plan you choose, remember that losing weight is
only possible if you burn off more calories each day than you take
in. Consider adding exercise to your plan to help make it an even