(ORIGINAL PUBLISH DATE- 8/2/2014)
No doubt, most all of us have worried about those extra pounds that add unwanted dimensions to our bodies. This seems especially true the older we get. However, to often people are unwilling to put in the Time, Effort or Discipline it takes to trim down, and add muscle to replace fat. That is a dilemma the Con- Man has been willing to exploit for generations. As has happened throughout the years, a new group of aging adults is falling for the same type of Hocus- Pocus their Parents and Grandparents fell for.
Unfortunately, sometimes we see things as they could be, and ignore what they actually are.
First lets look at some common Terminology you may encounter.
Dietitian vs Nutritionist- A Dietitian is a Licensed, Board Certified and Formally Educated Individual Legally recognized as an expert in their field. A Nutritionist is required to have no specific education or training. This does not mean that a Nutritionist is completely unqualified to advise you, just be diligent and check Background and Accreditation.
Cleansing Diets - You can dress it up any way you want, but these diets are just another form of FASTING. Eliminating or Drastically cutting back the intake of Foods, and replacing them with Water, Special "Drinks", Pills etc are Decades old Lures that differ only in the Names of the Products and Diet Plans being offered for sale.
Naturopathy- Lies in the category of Alternative Medicine. It is not based on evidence that passes scrutiny using the Scientific Method, and seems to rely only on Faith and Belief. Any assertions made by those practicing Naturopathy have no basis in reality, because they have not been accurately tested and studied under proper clinical conditions.
"All Natural" or "Organic"- If you find a claim that is emphasizing either of these two terms as a reason for success, don't buy in. They are Buzzwords that have nothing to do with weight loss, and are used for Marketing purposes.
Look for PT 2.