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Posted December 10, 2014 in Advice Column, Norwalk

Q: Do fad diets work?

A: In short, yes… and no. Most research shows that fad diets do work, and some of them do so quite well. The dictionary defines “diet” as a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly to reduce one’s weight, so if the latest fad diet doesn’t elicit some sort of weight loss, it clearly won’t survive out on the market for very long. The problem is that fad diets are short-term solutions to a long-term problem. They also tend to associate weight loss success with some gimmick when, in actuality, decreased calorie intake is usually the “real” reason for shedding the pounds. So fad diets are effective to a degree, but I don’t know too many people who like losing some weight, gaining it back, and then jumping over to the next fad to start the process all over again. The way to lose weight and keep it off is through persistent behavior modification and lifestyle change. If you can make this type of commitment, you’ll be able to leave the fad diet books on the store shelves where they belong.

Q: Whey protein powder seems to upset my stomach. Are there any other alternative protein powders that I can try?

A: An upset stomach could be a sign that you have an allergy or sensitivity to whey protein. Try egg, pea, brown rice or hemp protein, which are all excellent alternatives for whey. Lactose and gluten could also be culprits, so you might start by looking for brands of whey protein labeled lactose-free or gluten-free. Of course, it could also be what you are combining with whey that is causing the issue. Instead of milk, try blending powders with kale juice, unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk to pack a double punch of protein and phytonutrients. You could also try sprinkling protein powder over fruit, in Greek yogurt or adding to recipes for an alternative protein boost.

About the author: Joe Nguyen is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in Norwalk. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at JoeN@anytimefitness.com.

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