Prairie Fare: Beware of Weight-Loss Promises

As 2015 begins to roll along, many of us are finding it hard to stick to our new year’s resolutions. The most common among these is weight loss, which has been adopted by mainstream media as a lucrative advertising tool. It’s easy to get seduced by the thrilling stories of people losing life-changing amounts of weight, but the North Dakota State University Extension Service cautions against buying in to false promises. The most difficult part of getting healthy is sticking to a realistic timeline, and not getting discouraged if you don’t see results right away. There is a plethora of helpful information out there, including online weight management resources, licensed nutritionists available by appointment, and community support programs. If you are dedicated to losing weight this year, make sure you don’t fall victim to “ads” or misinformation by spending some time vetting your sources. But above all, try to find people who are committed to helping you keep the weight off, not just lose it.

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