The weight loss industry has gone to great lengths to try to make it possible for folks to lose weight without having to monitor portions and count calories and to that, I say....WHAT?

The main thing I want folks to do is have the information they need in order to hold the feet of  thier chosen weight loss plan to the fire.

In order to do that, I will directly quote or paraphase from a book written by Marie Boyle and Sarah Long called "Personal Nutrition"- a "must have" for anyone who is trying to learn more about nutrition. 

These ladies are not fly-by-night weight loss gurus offering crazy fad diets.

Marie Boyle has an MS and a PhD in nutrition, and is the coauthor of the community nutrition textbook "Community Nutrition In Action." Sarah Long has a PhD in health education and practiced as a clinical dietitian for over 10 years., so I certainly believe that they are worth listening to!

Thier book "Personal Nutrition" lists 10 factors for determining whether or not the diet you are considering is HEALTHFUL!

1. Does the weight-loss program systematically eliminate one group of foods from a person's eating pattern? For example, are all carbohydrates systematically eliminated from the diet? Are dairy products eliminated? In general, a diet that eliminates a certain food group is probably lacking in important nutrients and dietary variety, and it will be difficult for a person to adhere to that eating plan.

2. Does the weight-loss program encourage spedific supplements or foods that can be purchased only from selected distributors? These supplements or foods often contain ingredients that may be harmful or unproven.

3. Does the weight-loss program tout magic or miracle foods or products that burn fat?

4. Does the weight-loss program promote bizarre quantities of only one food or one type of food?

5. Does the weight-loss program have rigid menus?

6. Does the weight-loss program promote specific food combinations?

7. Does the weight-loss program promise a weight loss of more than 2 pounds per week for an extended period of time.

8. Does the weight-loss program provide a warning to people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or other health conditions?

9. Does the weight-loss program encourage or promote increased physical activity?

10. Does the weight-loss program encourage an intake that is very low in calories [below 800 calories per day] without supervision of medical experts?

Risks associated with Very Low Calorie Diets:

blood sugar imbalance

cold intolerance


decreased basal metabolic rate



emotional problems


gallstones and kidney stones


heart irregularity


loss of lean body tissue

kidney infection

menstrual irregularity

mineral and electrolyte imbalances


sudden death

If your chosen weight-loss plan features any of the above listed risks, I urge you to stop using that weight-loss plan and to choose another weight-loss plan that is safe.

I am prohibited from counseling people who choose diets that propose protein consumption of 15% or more of thier total daily caloric limit-or any other diet that causes the above related risks.

The meal plans I propose will involve caloric limits, suggestions of healthier options with reguards to proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and exchange lists.



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