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The Truth Behind Diet Programs

Apr 7, 2008
There's isn't a civilized country that doesn't have its share of diets. Obesity runs rampant in today's society. And it figures, because there are so many fatty and sugary foods being produced today for convenience. Eating has become something simple. It has pervaded our everyday life. Diet programs set out to keep people from letting food rule their lives. By offering overeaters alternatives to the foods they are eating, the hope is that these people can change their eating habits. And it seems to be working. Dozens of programs have popped up the past few years. Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Sonoma, South Beach and Atkins are just some of the popular diets.

The success of diet programs depend on the honesty of their creators, and the motivation of those who follow them. If the inventor of the Cabbage Soup Diet had been honest with its followers, he or she would have told them their weight loss wasn't permanent. A diet that by itself results in permanent and dramatic weight loss is scarcely possible. Even the Subway diet, really popular since Jared lost over two hundred pounds on it, couldn't work without the miles he walked getting to and from the Subway shop. Exercise is an essential part of any diet. Without changing how you metabolize food, eating the right foods won't work. You'll still crave sugars. And fats. And on your "days off," you'll go right back to those foods. If you're not motivated to stick to a diet, it won't work for you.

Most diet companies charge their clients money to help them to lose weight. And while warranted in some cases, other times they are taking advantage of their customers. A one-time fee to join a weight loss program is fine. But recurring charges for the same information is not. Before you agree to buy books or "special information," consider whether you will be getting something that's going to help you. The same thing can be said about meals. There are some programs that require you to purchase your meals straight from them. It is convenient, they say. You don't have to spend time and money at the grocery store. You don't have to worry about measuring how much you're allowed. This is true, but you usually don't just pay for the meals. You still have to buy your own fresh food. That may be acceptable to those who can afford the extra expense, but others will have to decide against such programs.

Choosing diet programs to best fit your personality will be the biggest challenge. But ultimately, you will find more success with a program that doesn't try to force you to stop eating the foods you like. It's fine for you to go on a vegan diet if you want to try giving up meat, but don't follow such a diet simply because it promises quicker weight loss than other programs. You will find a diet that suits you if you just incorporate foods you enjoy eating with healthier choices and exercise.
About the Author
Jason Hulott is Director at UK Diets Online, a service that provides information about all the major UK diets systems available, healthy eating and diet information. Visit now and take advantage of our special deals with Weightwatchers.
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