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Dieting Pitfalls

There are major differences between a commercial weight loss “program” or “diet” and lifestyle changes for weight loss designed by a fitness professional.

COMMERCIAL WEIGHT LOSS DIETS/PROGRAMS often:
1) are motivated by quick profits and the purchase of packaged “products”
2) measure results by pounds on the scale
3) require restricted calorie dieting and packaged nutritionally empty foods

RESEARCH BASED WEIGHT LOSS (DESIGNED BY A FITNESS & NUTRITION PROFESSIONAL)
1) motivated by long-term results
2) results measured by body composition
3) utilize proper nutrition and exercise for long-term results

COMMERCIAL WEIGHT LOSS:
• PROS –
o No required exercise
o Convenient
o Easy pre-packaged foods
o Point A to B “program”
• CONS –
o Slows metabolism
o Weakens immune system
o Creates hormonal imbalances
o Agitates the nervous system
o Loss of lean muscle mass
o Increases body fat
o Decreases energy levels
o Disrupts sleep patterns
o Provides short-term results
o Initiates yo-yo dieting

RESEARCH-BASED WEIGHT LOSS:
• PROS –
o Education-based
o Physiologically sound protocol
o Provides long-term lifestyle strategy
o Incorporates real food
o Decreases body fat
o Increases energy level
o Increases metabolism
o Strengthens immune system
• CONS –
o It takes a little longer.
o Requires physical activity
o Requires proper nutrition
o Requires commitment

There are far more advantages to an education-based fitness protocol when attempting to achieve your LONG TERM weight management and lifestyle goals. Why? Because fitness protocol adheres to basic human physiology and behavior principles.