It's true - there's actually a Jesus diet, but I'm not going to sell you on it.

Because it's not real. In fact, there are all kinds of quack diets out there, and I'm going to tell you what questions to ask to sift them out. This information comes from Web MD:
  • Does the diet promote rapid weight loss? That's a sure sign that it's unrealistic. If you lose more than one or two pounds a week, you'll be losing muscle mass, which is not healthy. Stick with a diet where you lose weight gradually.
  • Does the diet involve eating only one food or eliminating whole food groups? Again, not healthy and not realistic because you won't be able to stay on the diet.
  • Does the diet help you change long-term eating habits? If it doesn't, you may lose weight but you'll gain it back. That's called "yo-yo" dieting. People who stay slim change both their eating habits and their attitudes about food.
  • The next question that'll help you spot a quack diet: Does it involve exercise? If it doesn't, you'll gain the weight back. Moderate exercise is the only way to keep the pounds off.
  • Are supplements, creams, or patches involved? Any of the above, forget it. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. If it were as easy as popping a pill, we wouldn't have so many overweight people.
And the final question that'll help you spot a quack diet: Does it sound easy? Diets that claim you don't have to exercise, or that promise permanent weight loss, are bogus.
So what's the bottom line? There are healthy diets that'll help you lose weight. Just be sure to do the research and use common sense.

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