Dangers of Dieting

In today's culture, weight is an extraordinarily sensitive subject! With all the focus on weight in our society, it isn't surprising that millions fall prey to fad diets and bogus weight-loss products. Conflicting claims, testimonials and hype by so-called "experts" can confuse even the most informed consumers.

The bottom line is simple: If a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. No super foods will alter your genetic code. No products will miraculously melt fat while you watch TV or sleep. Some ingredients in supplements and herbal products can be dangerous and even deadly for some people. Steer clear of any diet plans, pills and products that claim rapid weight loss, quantities and limitation, specific food combinations, rigid menus, or no need for exercise. Instead focus on the big picture - The key is health, not weight!

The Right Way to Lose Weight

Are you a busy teen with no time for diets or complicated eating plans? Not a problem. All it takes are some simple and smart eating choices to make a big difference in how you feel, both physically and mentally. Be realistic and make small changes over time. Be adventurous by expanding your tastes. For example, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with naturally delicious, nutrient-rich fruit. Remember to be sensible and enjoy all foods...just don't overdo it! Finally, be flexible and balance your daily choices.

Healthy Body Image

Genetics plays a major role in physical build. If you are thin but healthy, take a close look at your parents and siblings. The human body can change to a limited extent through weight training and increased food intake, but you'll never be able to turn a runner's body into that of a linebacker. People who are trying to regain weight after illness or surgery usually can gain weight more easily than someone who is naturally thin. Feeling bad that your body doesn't look like the models in the magazines? Dump unrealistic, unhealthy body images. Focus on being the best you can be with smart food choices.

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