Meghan Tiernan (MS, RD, LDN) is a registered dietitian with a passion for helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle. She strives to help others learn the most nutritious way to eat, in order to achieve good health. Meghan enjoys cooking and running and believes that with just some basic knowledge, you can gain the confidence in yourself to know that you can eat well.

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by Meghan Tiernan, MS, RD, LDN

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It was only a matter of time before there was another miracle diet being touted to make all your weight loss dreams come true. I can't even tell you how many fasting diet plans that have come across my ears in the past few months! Every time, I can't help but provide my two-sense on the topic and try and talk whoever is thinking about trying it from doing it.

There's a new diet that apparently is very popular in England right now. It's called the Fast Diet which allows you to eat whatever you want, in whatever quantity you want 5 days a week, but have to limit yourself to 500 calories (if you're a woman; 600 calories if you're a man) on the other two days. Luckily, the article I read, which was written by an RD, has the same point of view that I have with regards to this topic.

My personal opinion about any of these fad diets that come to my attention is immediate skepticism. The first warning sign of any diet is, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. If there is any fasting or severe restricting of calories or consumption of liquid concoctions involved, I always recommend people to shy away from them. Yes, you may lose weight quickly, but let me know how long that weight stays off. None of these diets are sustainable over a long period of time if health is a priority for you at all.

I'm not saying all diets are bad, but any that promote quick weight loss are sure to be extreme in one way or another.

My motto has been and always will be: slow and steady and moderation. If you're looking to lose weight, why not improve the overall health of yourself at the same time. Eating healthfully, being aware of what you're consuming and watching portions is a tried and true way to lose weight. You may not lose 10 pounds in 5 days, but you'll lose that same 10 pounds in a month and be able to keep it off because you've made lifestyle changes that will become every day for you.

Losing weight is great, but being healthy and treating your body with respect is the most important thing. And the benefit of those two things is they usually result in some weight loss too!

Happy and healthy dieting!

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