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Fad diets vs. health coach weight loss programs
October 21, 2021 at 7:00 AM
Fad diets vs. health coach weight loss programs

The fitness and nutrition world is full of myths and misconceptions. Some of these are diets that can help you lose massive amounts of weight fast while others are exercise regimens that are simply not sustainable. With help from Step by Step Wellness & Weight Loss, you can learn how to differentiate between fad diets and effective, long-term diet strategies with help from a health coach weight loss program.

What’s a fad diet?

Fad diets are often characterized by the latest eating trends to shed a large amount of weight quickly and easily. There’s not a singular thing about a diet that makes it a fad diet other than the fact that they often spend only a short amount of time in the mainstream. You might hear about “this diet a friend is doing” while you’re at the gym one week, then find out they lost 20 pounds two weeks later. This is often a red flag that the way they’re eating isn’t sustainable and isn’t promoting healthy weight loss.

Why can fad diets be bad?

The harm with fad diets comes with the inconsistent eating habits that they form. For example, somebody might be on a diet for a month that calls for them to eat nothing but fatty red meats for six days a week while drinking nothing but water or white wine. Then next month they could switch to eating sushi for every meal while only drinking smoothies. These are drastic exaggerations, but it’s similar to how fad diets work.

They often come as fast as they go because nutritionists can identify multiple health risks attached to the poor eating habits that they promote as well as various long-term effects on the heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs. What’s more, you’re going to gain the weight back when you come off the fad diet and start eating normal again because your body has gone into starvation mode. When this happens, your body is prepared to store nutrients as fat so you can maintain them if you start depriving your body of nutrients once again.

What’s a health coach weight loss program?

Health coach weight loss programs are most often customized according to the individual needs of a coach’s client. This means that if you need to reduce your sodium intake because you live with a heart condition or have Type 2 diabetes so you need to keep an eye on your sugars, your diet will be tailored to fit your needs. Regular meetings with your health coach will help to adjust your program as you progress because it’s not uncommon to hit plateaus here and there as you lose weight.

Why are coached weight loss programs ideal?

The goal behind weight loss programs that are curated and monitored by a health coach is to create healthy habits that will last while losing weight at a healthy speed. It’s important to keep in mind that there’s such a thing as losing weight too fast. This can often be the result of muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies, and a slower metabolism, which can all happen with fad diets.

Health coach weight loss programs are designed to create healthy eating habits that improve your relationship with food and yourself. This makes for lasting eating habits that will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Book an appointment today

Don’t fall for the fad diets. Instead, get in touch with me today at Step by Step Wellness & Weight Loss. I would love to work with you and help you with a health coach weight loss program that encourages a healthy lifestyle that will lead to lasting change. You can call me at 703-230-0100 or send a message using the online contact form. If you’re ready to get started, schedule your appointment using the tool on the home page. I look forward to speaking with you and learning how I can best serve you.