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Why fad diets don’t work

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By Angela Kerrisk from Activate Fitness

If you scroll through social media, you are bound to see hundreds or even thousands of posts about fad diets, juice cleanses, detox teas, and tons of other products marketed to promote rapid weight loss.

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Dieting is a 72 billion dollar a year industry, so it is no wonder why diet culture marketing is so prevalent.
But what is a fad diet and how do you tell if you are following one?

Weight-loss advice comes in literally hundreds of disguises, so how do you spot the red flags of a fad Diet? Most often these new and revolutionary diets are really old fad diets making a comeback!

These usually promise quick weight loss, sound too good to be true, and do not follow eating guidelines that support good health.

Many of us would like to lose a few pounds, however, you shouldn’t be tempted by the increasing range of quick fix options making unrealistic weight loss promises for minimum effort.

There is no fad diet you can follow without some associated nutritional or health risk and most offer a short-term fix to a long-term problem.

Stay away from diets that:

* Ban a specific food or food group. Fad diets are typically very restrictive
* Promises weight loss of over two pounds (1kg) per week
* Claims that sound too good to be true
* Lists of "good" and "bad" foods
* Recommendations made to help sell a product
* Promises a cure-all, ingredient or product to solve your weight problem without having to change your lifestyle
* Does not encourage physical activity
* Does not provide support for long-term weight loss success

Sadly, there is no magic solution to losing weight and keeping it off long-term. People will often try anything that promises to help them lose weight. They may want to look or feel better and companies that promote fad diets take advantage of this.

Fad diets work for a short amount of time. In most cases, this is because you eat fewer calories than normal and you also pay more attention to what you eat. By cutting out major groups of foods, you won’t get the nutrients your body needs to be healthy.

If you lose weight too quickly and there is no support to help you keep the weight off, you could get stuck in a cycle of weight loss and weight gain. This yo-yo dieting is stressful for your body. However, it’s likely that most of the weight you lose is from water and lean muscle, not body fat.

Most people then get fed-up with the restrictions, start eating more, choose less healthy foods and pile the pounds back on and that yo-yo cycle continues to the next magic fad!

They define successful weight loss as losing weight and keeping it off for at least five years. So what’s the best advice for getting rid of the extra pounds and keeping them off. It may be obvious, but to lose weight you need to make healthier choices, eat a nutritionally balanced and varied diet with appropriately sized portions and be physically active.

If you need help to figure out what weight loss plan will work best for you think about seeing a nutrition coach where you will learn healthy and sustainable diet and lifestyle habits.

This is the role of a nutrition coach, and they can set individualised action steps like working on incorporating more veggies in your diet, incorporating more activity when you aren’t at the gym, getting better sleep, and holding you accountable to engaging in these habits long term, with a goal to help you become the healthiest version of yourself.

If you would like more information on nutrition and nutrition coaching, contact us www.activate.ie/programs/nutrition/.

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“I’m not fit enough”

How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it? Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”. Break free from this limiting belief If you think you are not […]

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How many of you have said or thought “I’m not fit enough” or even heard others say it?

Quite frankly it grinds my gears. That mentality is going to hold you back. Change your “I’m not fit enough” to “I will get fit”.

Break free from this limiting belief
If you think you are not fit enough then you never will be, and let’s face it, you’ll never know if you’re fit enough to do something unless you do it! You can achieve so much, much more if you have the right mindset, and that this is a mental hurdle to overcome, not a physical one.
Everyone must start somewhere, and that can be as simple as aiming to sit a little less and move a bit more.
More gentle exercises that don’t require too much skill such as walking, and housework can help start you off slowly and build up gradually. You will still be making progress, physically and mentally, and will enjoy it more. A common mistake is trying to achieve too much, too soon. If exercising feels too hard, you will be put off.

Visualise success
Visualisation is an athletic tool that has been used for decades. By closing your eyes and imagining what it would look and feel like to achieve a goal or to complete an exercise, we can prepare ourselves physically and psychologically for the task at hand.

Certified fitness instructors add to the cost of your workout, but they can also add a lot of value. An expert can design a program based on your goals, show you how to use equipment, and provide tips on nutrition.

Log your workouts by recording distances, weights, and other objective milestones in your fitness journey, you will be able to see progress on paper. That record can come in handy when you are feeling uninspired or lethargic

Don’t over-promise. Having goals, even lofty ones, is key to anything you want to achieve in life. Make sure the bar is reachable—even if it means aiming for just 15 minutes on a bike—so you are not overwhelmed. Don’t forget to celebrate the small wins along the way!

Research on the placebo effect has focused on the relationship of mind and body. One of the most common theories is that the placebo effect is due to a person’s expectations. If a person expects a pill to do something, then it is possible that the body’s own chemistry can cause effects similar to what a medication might have caused.

For instance, in one study, people were given a placebo and told it was a stimulant. After taking the pill, their pulse rate sped up, their blood pressure increased, and their reaction speeds improved. When people were given the same pill and told it was to help them get to sleep, they experienced the opposite effects.

Meaning when you believe something, it can and will happen. That is the power of strong mentality.
If you keep thinking you are “not fit enough” then you will believe it, but if you start to change your way of thinking and change your mindset to “get fit”, you have made a huge step in the right direction. Take small steps to start new habits no matter how small they may be, and you will start to see some remarkable results.
If you would like help with any of your health and fitness goals please contact us at www.activate.ie

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Lack of street lights a concern

By Sean Moriarty Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue. Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel. “The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Two roads in the wider Killarney area will not get any additional street lighting despite requests to install them by Cllr. John O’Donoghue.

Mr O’Donoghue called on the council place extra lighting on the Muckross Road near the old Whitegates Hotel.

“The area is considerably darker now and is presenting a serious danger to pedestrians crossing the road, particularly between Woodlawn Cross, and what was formerly the Whitegates Hotel,” he told a recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District.
The council said that the area was subject to a recent upgrade and that additional lighting would not be installed along this section of road on top of the 19 LED lights already placed there.”
“The lighting was installed, commissioned, light levels checked and provides adequate illumination to meet the relevant lighting design standards,” a council spokesperson told the meeting.
Mr O’Donoghue also called for a new street light to be placed on the junction where the L.3015 meets the slip road by Glenflesk National School: “to facilitate the safe passage of school children walking home during the Winter months.”
Kerry County Council reviewed the request but said: “This proposal would not comply with Kerry County Council’s Public Lighting Policy.”

COMMENT BY KILLARNEY ADVERTISER

While this Killarney Municipal District meeting took place hours before the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy in Tullamore, it drives home the importance that all our citizens are entitled to feel safe in their locality. The addition of a few extra street lights in the areas mentioned is not too much to ask.

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