Diet Daze

Wherever you look, you’re bound to see the latest and greatest trendy diets for weight loss. Some current popular diets are even recycled from previous versions to look brand new.

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Diets are big business

But why is there so much fuss about diets? For one thing, weight loss is a huge industry that netted $255 billion (with a 'b') in 2021, and its revenue is only expected to grow. Commercial weight loss chains (WW), medical weight loss programs (HMR, OPTIFAST), weight loss surgeries and weight loss drugs earn huge profits. As a whole, diet plans, programs and supplements are a big business.

Do we really need all these diets? Are you surprised to hear that 30% of adults in the US are overweight and 40% are obese? At any given time, about 53% of adults are on a diet for weight loss. 

Making sense of it all

  • Do you need to lose weight? Discuss that with your doctor. If your BMI is less than 25 and your overall health is good, maybe you should focus on maintaining that. If your BMI is greater than 25, and especially if you have health conditions, talk with you doctor about your weight and health goals.
  • Think long-term sustainability. One thing to remember is that all diets work while you follow that diet. Most diets have some food and calorie restrictions or strict menu plans to follow. But you really need to look beyond the diet alone to find a sustainable eating style and habits that work for you.

The main idea

There isn’t one right answer and weight loss is a journey with ups and downs. A focus on being active, eating nutritional foods and feeling good is the most important thing.

Susan Budd, Director of Commercial Products, Dietitian/Nutritionist, RLDN