Nutrition Ammunition: Key questions to ask yourself when starting a new diet program

By Bill English
Sept. 24, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.

Bill English

Bill English

In today's society, we are constantly bombarded with the latest diet craze or the all-new miracle supplements that will shed pounds instantly. Fact of the matter is that anyone can be successful at weight loss if they are taking in fewer calories than their body needs.

In general, people cannot rely on the accuracy of the claims made by the advertisements for many of diet programs. Ask yourself some key questions when looking at the validity of a nutritional program.

Does the program integrate physical activity?

How fast does the program encourage weight loss or muscle gain?

Does the program account for personal preferences based on lifestyle and career?

Does the program help change negative behaviors into positive behaviors?

What kind of support is provided?

What kind of maintenance program is provided?

Bottom line is: Avoid fad diets. They are counterproductive and may even harm you. A solid nutrition plan must be designed to meet the specific needs of that particular individual. Whether you are an Olympic athlete or a homemaker, you are an individual. If you need to lose weight, consult with your doctor to determine which plan is right for you.

Bill English is a certified fitness trainer and nutrition coach for the YMCA. He can be reached at



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