People start diets around the holidays to look good for parties or fit into a swimsuit for a winter vacation; and to get that “quick fix,” many attempt to lose weight fast and in an unhealthy manner. Unfortunately, it is never easy. A fad diet may seem like a magical solution, but its effects are almost always temporary. Fad diets can result in a slower metabolism, poorer absorption of nutrients and even hormonal imbalances.
This year, lose weight in a healthy way by setting realistic goals focused on an action—walking 10,000 steps every day or eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Establish healthy habits with friends or family. Research shows that a strong support system increases motivation. Use the team approach to healthy weight loss the same way you would for a big game. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare, and remember: slow and steady always wins the weight loss race!