Health Tip: Be Wary of Fad Diets
If you're looking to help kick start your weight loss program, it's important to carefully research a diet plan before you commit to one.
Look for these warning signs of an unhealthy fad diet, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:
- A diet that promises very fast weight loss -- anything more than a pound or two per week.
- A diet that promises weight loss without changing diet habits or engaging in an exercise program.
- A diet that is promoted by "scientific" testimonials and pictures of "before" and "after" success stories.
- A diet that involves expensive seminars, medications, or pre-made meals.
- A diet that focuses on very few acceptable foods, and doesn't focus on a healthy, balanced diet.
- A diet that points to simple explanations drawn from confusing research.
Health Tip: Problems With a Picky Eater?
If your child is a picky eater and refuses to eat or try new foods, the University of Maryland Medical Center offers these suggestions:
- Set an example by eating various healthy foods yourself.
- Fix foods that are attractive. Decorate your child's plate with bright, colorful foods with different consistencies.
- If your child isn't hungry, don't force the issue. When children are hungry enough, they will eat.
- Stay away from sugary treats. Instead, offer fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Make healthy eating a tradition. Start early by offering a variety of baby foods when the child is as young as 6 months.