How to Tell a Good Diet from a Bad One

There are so many diets out there that it is hard for the average consumer to tell a good one from a bad one. It seems like all of them promise weight loss if you do it their way. It is important to be able to tell the difference because a bad diet will not only be ineffective in the end but it can also damage your health. Here are questions you should ask to evaluate a diet (from Theodore Berland, a diet reviewer with Consumer Reports and IDEA Personal Trainer magazine).

Be a skeptic.
The United States Federal Trade Commission recommends a "healthy portion of skepticism" when evaluating weight loss claims.

What those "incredible" claims really mean.
According to Glenn Cardwell, nutritionist and author of the book "Diet Addiction", diets and weight loss products use phrases similar to those in selling real estate or used cars. For example, he says that the phrase "house with an ocean view" can mean "only seen by standing on the roof" or "house that is a handyman's dream" can mean the house is a dump and needs many repairs. When it comes to cars, we all know that the phrase "slightly used" isn't always what it seems. Here is his interpretation of common phrases used in the marketing of weight loss products.

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