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Making changes to eating habits isn't easy. The diet industry is not regulated in Canada, and many diet programs make unsupported claims. Fad diets gain popularity quickly and make unrealistic promises, such as: anti-aging, fast weight loss, disease prevention etc. These "fads" advertise inaccurate nutrition information that can be harmful to your health. Here is a quick check list to help you choose a program that is nutritionally balanced, safe and will help you stay healthy in the long term.

Look for "Red Flags" that tell you a diet plan does not meet your health needs:

  • Promises of fast weight loss (more than 1 pound/ week)
  • makes the consumer dependent on company products rather than teaching good choices from foods available at grocery stores
  • does not encourage long term realistic lifestyle changes. A diet plan that you cannot permanently follow is a "red flag".
  • Weight loss counselors may come from a variety of health care professions. However, it is a "red flag" if a counselor tries to sell you a product or service.

A healthy diet plan will include:

  • a variety of foods from all 4 food groups (see Canada's Food Guide),
  • regular physical activity, see inmotion Winnipeg for some ideas
  • Setting attainable goals for healthy behavoiur changes, without a focus on weight loss.
  • Lifestyle changes are more successful when there is support to help maintain new habits. This might include finding strategies or coping mechanisms to fit new habits into your life and avoid slipping back into old habits during times of stress.

Are you Worried about Weight? click for more information on how you can be healthy at every size.

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