When it comes to losing weight, revist the basics

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By Gabby Duarte, Contributor

“Only 100 calories.”
“Take one a day, and you’ll drop 20 pounds the first week.”
“Just shake it on every meal, and you’ll lose weight every day.”
“One a day, and your body won’t absorb any more fat.”
All these pills, shakes, powders and bars that promise quick fixes bombard us on TV, radio, the Internet, phones, grocery stores and even on campus. It’s difficult to not fall into these products’ traps.
With spring and summer around the corner, many students are preparing to spend more time at the gym, eat healthier or begin a diet.
Before running off to grab one of these products filled with weight loss promises, keep reading and learn what truly works and what those weight loss products can do to your body.
Marcia Adler, director of UNO Health Services, has a strong passion to educate students on how to make smart and healthy decisions.  
“People are turning to these unnecessary diets, pills and replacements without checking to see what they do to their body in the long run,” Adler said.
Losing weight is a great goal in order to boost self-esteem and lengthen life, but the way it is done is just as important.
Adler said some diets can lead to kidney or liver damage. These empty promises are not approved or recommended by medical professionals.
“When you take a product that isn’t recommended or approved, then you pretty much don’t know what’s in it,” Adler said, “and that means you don’t know what you’re putting in your body or how much of it.”
Those “power” bars or shakes are actually full of a lot of carbs. This can be healthy if they are natural carbs, but the ones found in these products just spike blood pressure and only give an energy boost for a short time.
When it comes to making smart and healthy choices to lose those unwanted pounds, Adler recommends going back to the “basics.”
Students are busy and don’t have a full grasp on their time management, but they should eat less processed food.
When you know those vegetables on your plate were cleaned, peeled, cut and cooked in your kitchen, then there are no questions of what chemicals, preservatives or fats were used, Adler said.
Adler recommends fruits and vegetable for those wanting to go back to the basics.
When you decide to eat food that does not last for months on the shelf or your freezer, it is more likely you’re eating a product that is fresh, full of nutrients, free of chemicals and unhealthy preservatives.
“There isn’t a shortcut to losing weight,” Adler said, “at least not a healthy or safe one.”

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