- Fad diets may be popular weight-loss strategies, but they don’t typically work very well.
- Instead, dietitians recommend sticking to a sustainable healthy eating plan that you enjoy and preparing more of your own food.
- Other simple weight-loss strategies include staying hydrated, avoiding sugar, and planning ahead so you’re not making impulsive food choices when you’re hungry.
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Going on a diet is a losing game. Some research suggests more than nine out of every 10 people who try to diet will fail.
Even people who are able to diet successfully often fight a tough battle against the body’s evolutionarily savvy attempts to store extra energy. In fact, scientists have found that the bodies of severely overweight people who lose weight can work against them: as they slim down, their metabolism drops, making it harder to lose more weight.
Experts agree that extreme diets and juice cleanses aren’t good long-term strategies for maintaining a healthy weight. To that end, the US News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of the best diets put the trendy ketogenic diet in one of the bottom spots.
But there are a few simple things you can do to stay trim and satisfied in the long run.
We asked dietitian Jason Ewoldt from the nation’s top-rated hospital, the Mayo Clinic, for his simplest, sanest ideas for staying lean. Here’s his advice.