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Thursday, January 5, 2012

2012 Predictions

Here at the close of 2011 and the beginning of a New Year I will continue to occupy my space in the puzzle that is nutrition. From that small but hopefully ever increasing niche that I carve here are a few predictions for 2012 in the sphere of diets and nutrition.

The diet industry will be more concerned in a fat wallet for them than a thin waste line for you. I don’t make this prediction as a pessimist but rather as an observer of the world. If there was a pill or an elixir that would make you thin virtually overnight you wouldn’t you have taken it in 2011 and have had no need for it in 2012. Yet as I have already seen this New Year there are pills and potions on store shelves both actual and virtual that promise big but deliver thin. These are the same products with a shiny new label that were promoted last year and the year before that and the year before that. If they truly worked as advertised they would be out of business. So save your money and skip the pills.

Every diet that promotes weight loss through eating fewer calories will work as well in 2012 as it did in 2011. Such will only work if they are adhered to with diligence. On again off again dieting rarely works at all so a little stick-to-itiveness will be the key to success this year. Diet programs such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and a host of other plans whose success is based on cutting calories is a testament to just how well this avenue to weight loss works. Only this year if you are trying to lose a little and save a little money then skip the membership fee and push yourself away from the table a little sooner than normal and you should get the same outcome.

Common sense will still the reining king of health in 2012. Despite the cries from the health Gestapo to ban sugary beverages, limit salt and fat through onerous government regulation thereby making your choices for you, you are in the driver’s seat of your own health.            Adults are defines as those with the ability to make a plan and follow it therefore rational adults ought to be able to understand that making healthy food choices is a simple matter of planning and follow through.

For example most would agree that a diet made up exclusively of cupcakes is not the best health choice. This is why most people choose not to do this type of thing. Rather most choose a variety of foods that include fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and the like. This constitutes a healthy diet when a helping of moderation is added in to the mix.

So in 2012 the diet and nutrition parade really resembles a carousel since what is old comes around again and again. Only this go round will have new looks and labels to catch the unsuspecting in a marketing scheme rather than sell them a sensible plan of how to eat healthy which by the way you can have for free with the input of a little gray matter. Happy New Year!!!     

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