The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Health & Fitness

February 24, 2013

The right fit important in weight-loss programs

Dietitian says it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when only focusing on the numbers on the scale

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“You have to find what’s right for you, and you have to be your own advocate,” she said.

Be smart

Carruthers said that, whatever program you choose, choose one where the nutritional side of things has been handled by someone with the proper credentials, such as a registered dietitian or a doctor.

And beyond the food, she said, people need to make sure their focus is on a healthy lifestyle, and not just dropping pounds.

When dieters focus only on the number on the scale, she said, it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. A lot of diets or diet plans can help people lose weight, but they may not necessarily create a healthy individual who is happy, eating healthful foods and staying active.

“You want to make sure it’s a program you can do for the rest of your life,” she said. “Can you eat fruit for the rest of your life? Ashton Kutcher tried to do what Steve Jobs did (a fruit diet), and he ended up in the hospital.”

It’s all about balance, she said. And if it works for your personal balancing act, it may make sense to get help from a diet center or program.

“A lot of people need that support. They can’t do it on their own,” Carruthers said. “They don’t mind paying because they’re learning how to make those healthy choices.”

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